A world-beating GT Racer for £430k



2015-06-26 11:41:02

A world-beating GT Racer for 430k

The 1999 Grand Touring Championship was cancelled because no-one could challenge this Mercedes - and now it's up for sale

The Mercedes CLK GTR was designed for the purpose of winning the FIA GT - the federation's Gran Turismo, or Grand Touring championship. Now a rare example of this modern classic car is for sale.

It will go under the hammer for an estimated price of 430,000-500,000; less than half what was paid for it new.

The car wonthe Grand Touring Championship in both 1997 and 1998 -and, as a result, became a victim of its own success.

In 1999, no challengers came forward to race the CLK. The series had to be cancelled, leavingthe CLK with nothing to race but the wind.

However, it is perhaps not surprising the car won...

Gran Turismo implies that the car can function propery on normal roads and journeys, but the car must be road legal. The CLK is designed for racing first, road driving last.

Out of the 25 made, just five of the CLK GTRs are roadsters.

Thecar coming up for auctionis thoughtto havebeenbought by a member of Brunei's Royal family, and, unusually, features aright hand drive.

Mercedes Benz CLK GTR

It was made some time after the GT wins, probably in 2006, and has only 34km on the clock, suggesting that the only driving done in it was for the last leg of its delivery journey.

The auction takes place on the afternoon of October 28 at RM Auctions, Battersea Park, London.


Photo courtesy of RM Auctions

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