• Sep 23rd 2009 at 7:27PM
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Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Supercars like the SLS AMG and SL65 AMG Black Series might be the flagships for the current Mercedes-Benz lineup, but back in the late 1990s it was all about the CLK GTR -- an all-out race car slightly disguised as a road car. The street version you see here was built to homologate the race car that competed in the FIA's GT1 class in 1997 and 1998 (wining the championship in 1997). Each came with a 6.9-liter V12 putting out 612 horsepower as well as features found on modern supercars like a sequential six-speed transmission with paddle shifters and carbon fiber brakes. Just 25 examples were built including five roadsters, making the CLK GTR one of the most exclusive supercars ever built.

It's for this reason that the auction of two CLK GTR road cars immediately caught our attention. Both will be offered at RM Auction's Automobiles of London sale on October 28. One coupe and one roadster will go across the block, each completely brand new and unregistered with delivery miles only. Interestingly, both cars are right hand drive, custom built for the original owner. RM lists the estimated price for each CLK GTR at around 1/3 the original cost to build the cars, meaning some lucky collector might take home a supercar for a bargain. Follow the jump for more details about both cars, or check out the stunning high-resolution gallery below.

[Source: RM Auctions]


2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe

612 bhp, 6,898 cc naturally-aspirated V12 engine with dual overhead camshafts, six-speed sequential manual gearbox with paddle-shift operation, independent front and rear suspension with double wishbones, pushrod-actuated coil springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated, anti-lock carbon-fibre disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105.1"

Of the 25 homologated CLK GTRs built for road use, the first 20 were Coupés like their racing counterparts. As evidenced by its commemorative sill-mounted plaque, this particular car is the 13th in the series. Official documentation from HWA confirms this to be the only right hand drive CLK GTR coupé ever built. It was specially constructed for a prominent collector and sold new for €1 million according to the same documentation. What's more, the car has never been road registered is now offered with delivery mileage only, amounting to 25 kms from new. Completed in January 2005, the car is essentially brand new, finished in the typical German racing colour, silver. The interior features plaid upholstery reminiscent of the sporting silver arrows and Mercedes racing cars of decades past.

The CLK GTR is without a doubt the closest a road going car will ever come to its race-ready sibling. Its performance figures are downright mind-blowing; surely even Steve McQueen would have pulled over on the Mulsanne straight. Considering its status as one of the rarest German sports racing cars ever produced, it holds true to the valued traditions of homologated GT racing and, in spite of its 21st century technology, has solidified its place in history as a classic among classics.

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster

Estimate: £430,000-£500,000

612 bhp, 6,898 cc naturally-aspirated V12 engine with dual overhead camshafts, six-speed sequential manual gearbox with paddle-shift operation, independent front and rear suspension with double wishbones, pushrod-actuated coil springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated, anti-lock carbon-fibre disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105.1"

Of the 25 road going CLK GTRs built to meet FIA requirements, just five examples were equipped with the stunning roadster body of the example presented here. These roadsters were built by HWA, a sister company to AMG, which has been involved in Mercedes' cutting-edge racing development and DTM projects since the late 1960s. In fact, HWA are the initials of the company's president and AMG co-founder Hans-Werner Aufrecht.

The Roadster variants they built of the CLK GTR are virtually identical to the Coupés, with the exception of a removable top panel and integrated roll bar. The example presented here is number 2 in the series and, as confirmed by official HWA documentation, is the only right hand drive CLK GTR Roadster. Its colour combination is striking indeed, and like its coupé sibling, the car is virtually brand new; it was completed in August 2006 for a prominent collector, has accumulated just 34 delivery kms from new and has never been road registered. The same documentation further confirms this car cost a staggering €1.3 million, which makes its offering today a very attractive proposition indeed.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How many body parts do I have to sell for this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wonder if they would take a kidney... I don't need one...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm in love.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah a sweet looking car, I bet these belongs to the Sultan of Brunei since he's the only one known to have his cars built in RHD. Looks like he never get to drive these cars, the only upside of having a garage filled with 6000 unique custom built supercars I guess. Maybe it's not special enough for him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The designers must have been on crack when the went with the plaid seats (silver coupe).
      • 5 Years Ago
      The bailout crowd is all over this one. (Goldman Sucks, AIG, BofA and others)
      • 5 Years Ago
      These cars are pretty cool.
      Badass looking.
      Funny though, the interiors look like they were taken straight out of an early 90's S class.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Having seen one in the flesh, the dash and center console is exactly like a 90s CL but shorter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        correction: I mean '90s CLK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, i was gonna say.
        Interior reminds me of the '90s benz in my garage haha
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those 4 spoke steering wheels are killing me (not to mention the purple leather). Would it have been that hard to put in a proper sparco/momo/etc 3 spoke?
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah, they don't make cars like this one anymore...instead we have SLR :(
      • 5 Years Ago

      • 5 Years Ago
      both coupe and convertible are beautiful cars, although part of me wishes the coupe had some of the convertible's bodywork.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They're nice, but it wasn't until now that I realized that these cars kept that OLD front end from a decade ago, all the way up to 2006. But then again, they're based on cars from a decade ago as well.

      Eh, I'd probably opt (in my dreams) for a CLK DTM. Not quite as "lethal" in it's performance, but not so ostentatious either.

      But it'll still make you wet your pants a little... :)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully they won't flip like a playing card at high speeds...
      • 5 Years Ago
      butt ugly. it looks like they taped on every aftermarket intake they could find. Are you sure it's not a Fiero underneath all that crap?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do understand that this is simply a homologation special, right? Meaning only the bare minimum was done to make this vehicle road legal. For that reason, every scoop and line has a purpose. This is no mere body kit and if you ever saw late-90's CLK parked next to one of these rare beasts you'd realize it's a completely different animal.

        Funny enough we should be seeing the top class in endurance racing returning to this formula in the near futures; where the vehicles on the track bear a closer resemblance to the vehicles we see on the road. So, if all the requirements are met, we could see the return of homologation specials like the CLK GTR, Porsche 911 GTR, Nissan R390, and others.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kevin, are you serious?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those looking to buy this car remember why Merc left the touring scene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIDpXYu-Nlw now go out there and try to launch yours into the atmosphere too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car looks alright, but the steering wheel is from the CLK, which is from the E-Class, which the 300C uses. So I guess this thing is sort-of related to the 300C if I'm correct.

      I prefer the Normal SL65 and SLR over this.

      And the Interior is using parts from the CLK which is from the E-Class.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it has a CLK interior because it is a CLK-gtr
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