RM Sotheby’s to Auction Two Extremely Rare Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRs

With the combined estimate set as high as $22,000,000 USD.

Automotive
5,474 Hypes 6 Comments

RM Sotheby’s is set to host one of its most significant Mercedes-Benz auctions this year, featuring a 1999 CLK GTR Coupe and a 2002 CLK GTR Roadster — with a combined estimate as high as $22,000,000 USD.

These rare vehicles represent towering achievements in automotive design and engineering, symbols of a time when Mercedes-Benz reigned supreme in the GT1 racing class.

Notably, the 1999 CLK GTR Coupe, limited to only 20 examples, represents the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz’s innovation — born out of a whirlwind 128-day development period, it won back-to-back FIA GT1 Championships in 1997 and 1998 and also played a part in the demise of the motorsport series it was designed for due to its overwhelming dominance.

For many enthusiasts, the vehicle represents a significant part of automotive history and is considered to be part of the “GT1 Trinity,” which includes the McLaren F1 and the Porsche 911 GT1.

The road-legal “Strassenversion” of this car boasts a world-record sticker price, reflecting its desirability. Its 6.9-liter V-12 engine, shared with Pagani models, offers an authentic race car experience matched with a few urban comforts like air conditioning and leather upholstery.

The specific Coupe up for auction is the seventh of its kind, finished in Iridium Silver Metallic and sporting a unique blue-gray tartan interior reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz’s 1955 Mille Miglia winner. Having traveled less than 4,358 miles, it is thought to be one of the best-preserved CLK GTRs, complete with original accessories and service records.

On the other hand, quite easily the star of the show is the 2002 CLK GTR Roadster an open-top example that is one of only six ever produced, making it an even rarer gem. With its roots derived from the CLK GTR that earned Mercedes-Benz two consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships, the Roadster carries the same powerful V-12 engine as the Coupe but with an open-air twist that offers an unparalleled driving experience.

RM Sotheby’s shared that the Roadster up for grabs, chassis number 000034, has a beautifully maintained silver exterior with a black and grey leather interior. In terms of being driven, the vehicle is basically new, having clocked just over 100 miles on its odometer. Additionally, the vehicle comes with a full set of fitted luggage and owner’s manuals.

Notably, the sale coincides with HWA AG’s 25th-anniversary celebrations, further highlighting the CLK GTR’s importance to Mercedes-Benz’s storied legacy. The auction for both vehicles is set to take place in Las Vegas and online via RM Sotheby’s official site on Friday, November 17, with the 1999 CLK GTR Coupe expected to fetch as much as $9,000,000 USD and the 2002 Roadster as much as $13,000,000 USD.

Elsewhere in automotive, take a look at some of the best cars we saw at SEMA 2023.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

RM Sotheby's Lists a Stunning 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster For Sale
Automotive

RM Sotheby's Lists a Stunning 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster For Sale

Brought to life via a 3,500-hour restoration by Hilton & Moss.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby's
Automotive

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster to be Auctioned by RM Sotheby's

One of 670 examples produced between 2006 and 2008.

Sotheby's to Auction Lewis Hamilton's First Race-Winning Mercedes-Benz F1 Car
Automotive

Sotheby's to Auction Lewis Hamilton's First Race-Winning Mercedes-Benz F1 Car

Estimated to sell between $10 to $15 million USD.


Stunning 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series Surfaces at Auction
Automotive

Stunning 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series Surfaces at Auction

Fetching over $700,000 USD, thanks to its low mileage of 2,600 and impeccable condition.

Drake's OVO Teams up With Jacob & Co. for Owl Pendant Necklace
Fashion

Drake's OVO Teams up With Jacob & Co. for Owl Pendant Necklace

Available in 14K gold and sterling silver.

Watch the Teaser for Fan Animation 'BERSERK: The Black Swordsman'
Entertainment

Watch the Teaser for Fan Animation 'BERSERK: The Black Swordsman'

Addressing fan dislike of the 2016-2017 3D CGI anime.

Stüssy and Levi's Tease Second Denim Collaboration
Fashion

Stüssy and Levi's Tease Second Denim Collaboration

Featuring a range of trucker jackets and jeans.

Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2023 To Livestream on Prime Video
Music

Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2023 To Livestream on Prime Video

The festival takes place November 11 to November 12.

New Balance Kawhi III Releases in "Sacred Geometry" Colorway
Footwear

New Balance Kawhi III Releases in "Sacred Geometry" Colorway

With a confirmed release date.


Blizzard's Potential New 'StarCraft' Title Could Not Be Real-Time Strategy Game
Gaming

Blizzard's Potential New 'StarCraft' Title Could Not Be Real-Time Strategy Game

As interest in the RTS genre has dwindled.

Rockstar Games Could Officially Announce ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ as Early as This Week
Gaming

Rockstar Games Could Officially Announce ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ as Early as This Week

Rockstar is also rumored to release a trailer in December for the studio’s 25th anniversary.

NOMOS Releases Its Iconic Tangente Watch in a Limited-Edition Rose Gold
Watches

NOMOS Releases Its Iconic Tangente Watch in a Limited-Edition Rose Gold

Unveiled as part of the “175 Years Watchmaking Glashütte” collection.

DESCENDANT and Albino & Preto's Collaboration Is "Unbeaten by Rain & Wind"
Sports

DESCENDANT and Albino & Preto's Collaboration Is "Unbeaten by Rain & Wind"

Drawing inspiration from maritime themes, blending the two brand identities seamlessly.

Final 'The Marvels' Trailer Has Dropped
Entertainment

Final 'The Marvels' Trailer Has Dropped

Hitting theaters nationwide this Friday.

More ▾
 
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.