This Mercedes CLK GTR Strassenversion Is Going to Auction at Pebble Beach


This Mercedes CLK GTR Strassenversion Is Going to Auction at Pebble Beach

Back in the late 1990s, the FIA introduced the GT Championship to replace the then-defunct International Touring Car Championship. Along with this new series came a specific homologation requirement that would see automakers forced to build 25 road-going versions of their racers. Mercedes jumped at the opportunity to take on the new top-flight series, alongside the likes of Porsche and McLaren, and so the mighty CLK GTR was born. Now thanks to Gooding and Company, you have a chance to take home the ninth CLK GTR “Strassenversion” ever built.

Mercedes built a total of 35 CLK GTRs, including the prototypes, race cars, and road-legal variants. Just 20 coupes and six roadsters were constructed, with this being the ninth down the production line. The car is based around a carbon fiber and aluminum monocoque developed by Lola, with a 6.9-liter V-12 engine tucked behind the driver. The M120-based engine is good for an impressive 604 hp and 572 lb-ft of torque in road trim and comes mated to a paddle-operated six-speed sequential gearbox. In period Merceded claimed the CLK GTR was good for 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 214 mph. All of that performance wasn’t cheap, as the CLK GTR’s base price of $1,547,620 made it the most expensive car in the world at the time. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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