Ultra-rare AMG CLK GTR could make £4 million. One of the rarest Mercedes-Benz road cars of the 1990s is set to go under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s September sale in Monterey, California.
The car is one of just 25 AMG CLK GTRs made as homologation specials for the 1997/8 FIA Limited Production GT Series, which was established for top tier supercar manufacturers to compete against each other, subject to at least 20 road cars being produced.
Other cars in the series included the Porsche 911 GT1 and BMW-engined McLaren F1.
The car for sale is the ninth model produced and is expected to sell for between £3.5 and £4 million at the high-profile sale.
The racing version of the CLK GTR took both the drivers’ and teams’ championships in 1997 and 1998, winning 17 of the 22 races it entered. Both the racing and production versions were powered by a mid-mounted normally aspirated 6.9-litre V12 engine developing 602bhp, with carbon-fibre bodywork that loosely echoed the look of the CLK road car. The car, one of 20 coupes (there were also five convertibles), was originally sold to an owner in Germany, but in 2005 passed into the hands of a collector in Hong Kong, and then to another collector in the USA in early 2018. It still has less than 5,000 miles on the clock.
The GTR includes its original AMG tool chest, owner’s manuals and service booklets, service documentation, manual, spare keys, first aid kit, hazard triangle and wheel brace.