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Limited Edition

Juan Manuel Fangio, 1950s

Juan Manuel Fangio, 1950s

€ 59,00

JUAN MANUEL FANGIO, 50s (Farabola Agency). Photograph printed from the original negative, in black and white, on glycée fineart paper Hahnemüle Baryta Satin 300 gr.Limited and numbered edition with a certificate of authenticity. FIFTIES. JUAN MANUEL FANGIO. “El Chueco” was originally from the province of Chieti and was named in honor of the saint of June 24, Giovanni, and the King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III. Juan Manuel was 9 years old at a blacksmith shop and 12 in a garage, where he learned to drive. The first race took place at the age of 25, adapting the blue taxi of a friend’s father (a 1929 Ford). In South America, they competed in very long races, even at a distance of 10,000 kilometers. During the World War II, he made some money with the sale of trucks and tires and in 1949 it was the president himself, Juan Peron, to finance his transition to Formula One in Europe. At 39 years old. His first racing car was the Alfetta 159, 1479 cm³ of displacement and 315 km/h of maximum speed, and with that he won the first World Championship in ‘51. The last one, the fifth, won it on the Maserati 250F in ‘57 delivering to the myth one of the most memorable grand prix in history when, in comeback, he struck a string of record laps at the Nurburgring until he crossed the two Ferraris on the finish line: «If I hadn’t shied away - said Hawthorn - grandfather would have passed over me». After 1958 he spent his life collecting honors and selling Mercedes. The last time he got into a racing car in ‘93, two years before he died, with five bypasses having just undergone kidney cancer. It was an Alfetta 159.