Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster Fetches Over $10 Million at Auction
In a remarkable display of automotive rarity and value, a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster was recently auctioned for an astonishing $10,235,000 at RM Sotheby’s event in Las Vegas. This exquisite vehicle, one of only six ever manufactured, is a striking example of high-value collectible cars.
Overview of the Lincoln Corsair
The CLK GTR Roadster, specifically the third in its series, blends racetrack engineering with road car practicality, all without a roof. Despite its age of over twenty years, this vehicle has remarkably only clocked 170 kilometers (105 miles), reflecting its status as a collector’s item.
Historical Significance and Rarity
Originally, Mercedes-Benz embarked on producing the CLK GTR around the millennium’s turn as a requirement for competing in the GT1 class of endurance racing. Although the GT1 class was discontinued in 1999, Mercedes-Benz honored its commitment to produce these special models.
Out of the planned 25 coupe versions, only 20 were produced, alongside an additional roadster. Later, HWA, founded by Hans-Werner Aufrech, an AMG co-founder, constructed five additional roadster models in the early 2000s using leftover chassis.
Racing Legacy and Performance
The CLK GTR’s racing counterpart had a formidable presence in the 1997 and 1998 FIA GT seasons, achieving 17 victories out of 22 races and securing both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in those seasons.
The Roadster variant surpassed both the race car and coupe in power, equipped with an evolved 6.9-liter V-12 engine producing 622 horsepower, compared to the coupe’s 592 hp. The race version was further restricted in power due to regulations.
Notable Sale at Auction
While the CLK GTR Roadster’s sale was significant, it was not the top sale at the RM Sotheby’s event. A 2013 Mercedes Formula 1 race car, driven by Lewis Hamilton to his first Mercedes victory at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, fetched an even higher price of $18,815,000, including the buyer’s fee.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster Auction
How much did the Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster sell for at RM Sotheby’s auction?
The Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster was auctioned for $10,235,000 at the RM Sotheby’s event in Las Vegas.
What is unique about the Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster sold at auction?
The Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster is one of only six made, a near race car with its roof removed, and has only 170 km on the odometer despite being two decades old.
What is the historical significance of the Mercedes CLK GTR?
The CLK GTR was produced as a homologation requirement for Mercedes-Benz to compete in the GT1 class of endurance racing around the turn of the century.
How does the CLK GTR Roadster’s performance compare to the coupe and race car versions?
The CLK GTR Roadster is more potent than the race car and coupe versions, with a 6.9-liter V-12 engine delivering 622 hp, compared to the coupe’s 592 hp.
Was the CLK GTR Roadster the most expensive Mercedes sold at the recent RM Sotheby’s auction?
No, a 2013 Mercedes Formula 1 race car driven by Lewis Hamilton sold for a higher price of $18,815,000 at the same auction.
More about Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster Auction
- Mercedes-Benz Official Website
- RM Sotheby’s Auction House
- FIA GT Championship History
- Collector Car Auctions Overview
- Mercedes Formula 1 Team Achievements