This 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR Strassenversion is the 9th of Just 25 built and will probably cost you around $10,000,000 at a forthcoming auction…
The CLK GTR was originally designed to make its mark on the FIA GT championships which it achieved successfully, dominating the event in 1997 – 1998. Mission accomplished… but there was a trade-off – the manufacturers had to complete the production and sale of no fewer than 25 of these road-going beasts in the process.
This particular 25 CLK GTR Strassenversion or ‘street version’ is the 9th of the 25 machines built of which 20 were coupe variants and five roadsters. Following its sale to original owner Hermann Eschmann in Germany, the car made its way to Hong Kong where it lay dormant in a private collection for 12 years until it was acquired by the current owner and imported into the U.S.
Based on the same architecture as the racing cars, the GTR has subtle changes to make it more roadworthy. Under the hood is a 6.9 litre M297, which produces the same level of horsepower as the racing GTR. The suspension remains the same wishbone design, but with a higher ride height and softer springs and dampers.
The interior is trimmed just like any Mercedes-Benz/AMG road car, with leather and Alcantara or suede covering all necessary surfaces. The dashboard is typical 1990s Mercedes-Benz, with the analog gauge cluster looking peculiarly pedestrian in such a wild machine. The sequential manual gearbox is controlled by paddles behind the steering wheel and air-conditioning is fitted.
Thorough inspection reports serial no. 09 to be in virtually ‘original’ condition including original body, engine, and drivetrain. Even more astonishing is the car is still covered in its original factory overcoat, proved via a comprehensive paint analysis carried out before its sale for $4,515,000 in 2018. Now, at the time of cataloguing, the odometer still displays 1,442 km.
Additional items bolstering the integrity of the car are its manuals and original carbon front undertray, which was replaced at some point, a hard shipping case containing its numbered battery charger, a torque wrench, and socket for the wheels, and wooden blocks to rest the car on while using its onboard hydraulic jacks.
While earth-shattering performance numbers reveal a top speed of 214 mph and acceleration up to 62 mph in less than 4 seconds, where any potential buyer would ‘pilot’ the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR is anyone’s guess.
How much is it?
Given the desirability factor and the car’s integrity, Gooding & Co expect the gavel to fall somewhere in the region of $9 – $10,000,000 when it goes to auction at Pebble Beach in August 2021…
Images courtesy of Gooding & Co / RM Sotheby’s
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