What’s the coolest era of Formula 1? Ask around and most people will tell you it was in the ‘early days’, when real men risked their lives to taste victory.

We reckon they’re right.

Current Mercedes F1 heroes punt two classic Silver Arrows around the Nurburgring – Hamilton at the wheel of a 1938 W154, while Rosberg sampled a 1954 W196 similar to one recently sold for $32 million.