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.