No 12 from a series of 25 built, delivery mileage,1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe  Chassis no. WDB2973971Y000023

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No 12 from a series of 25 built, delivery mileage, 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe
Chassis no. WDB2973971Y000023

Sold for € 808,800 (US$ 988,515) inc. premium
No 12 from a series of 25 built, delivery mileage
1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe
Chassis no. WDB2973971Y000023
Building on the foundations of its hugely successful domestic and international touring car competition programmes of the mid-1990s, Mercedes-Benz re-entered international sports car racing in 1997 with the fabulous CLK GTR. The decision to switch from touring to sports cars had been taken at the end of the 1996 season, leaving precious little time to develop a challenger for the FIA's new GT Championship. The latter's regulations stipulated that GT1 category cars had to be production based, and although the racer used the same 'CLK' designation as the existing road car, it was in fact all new. Development was entrusted to Mercedes-Benz's official performance division AMG. Amazingly, just 128 days after design work had commenced in December 1996, the first Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR took to the track at Jarama in April 1997 for its initial test.

Like Porsche's 911 GT1, the CLK GTR bore a passing resemblance to its roadgoing namesake - the front-engined CLK saloon - but was mid-engined and powered by an SL600-based 6.9-litre V12 producing 600bhp. Mated to a transverse six-speed sequential gearbox, the engine formed a stressed member of the chassis, supporting the rear suspension. The monocoque tub itself was constructed of a mixture of carbonfibre and Kevlar. Unsurprisingly, M-B failed to get the road version homologated in time, but were allowed to race anyway, a dispensation that angered its rivals. The CLK GTR first won at the Nürburgring in June 1997, going on to win five more of the 11 rounds to take the GT Championship in its debut year. With a new CLK LM (Le Mans) waiting in the wings, the CLK GTR raced just twice in 1998, winning the GT Championship's first two rounds at Oschersleben and Silverstone, before being retired from active duty after little more than a season's racing, but with an impeccable record.

During 1998 and 1999, Mercedes-Benz duly completed 25 roadgoing CLK GTRs. These closely resembled the race-car but developed a more tractable 550bhp and dispensed with the racer's separate rear wing in favour of a body-integral design. They were also better equipped and kitted out with more creature comforts than the spartan racer, the interior every bit as well finished as an S class! With a headline-grabbing price tag of over £1,000,000 plus VAT, the CLK GTR's exclusivity was surpassed only by its stupendous performance, and the entire production run was allocated before the first car was completed.

Chassis number '23', that offered here, is a new car not previously privately owned or used on the road. Finished in Mercedes-Benz's silver racing livery with black leather interior, the car has just 55 kilometres recorded on the odometer and is offered with all factory documentation, owner's wallet and manuals, toolkit and German registration papers. TVA will be liable on the hammer price.

Capitalisant sur l'immense succès que connaît son programme de compétition avec des modèles de tourisme au milieu des années 1990, Mercedes-Benz marque son retour à la course automobile internationale en 1997 avec la fabuleuse CLK GTR. Tout comme la Porsche 911 GT1, la CLK GTR a une vague ressemblance avec son homonyme routière – la CLK berline – mais dispose d'un moteur base SL600 V12 de 6,9 l développant 600 CV.

En 1998 et 1999, Mercedes en construira 25 pour la route, dépourvues d'aileron arrière et ne développant "que" 550 CV. Elles sont aussi mieux équipées et plus confortables que le modèle spartiate de course. Leur prix exorbitant de £1'000'000 plus TVA n'a d'égal que leurs performances stupéfiantes.

Le châssis "23" présenté ici est une voiture neuve qui n'a pas été utilisée sur route. Avec sa peinture argent spéciale course Mercedes-Benz et son intérieur en cuir noir, cette voiture n'affiche que 55 kilomètres au compteur. Elle est proposée avec toute sa documentation d'usine, sa trousse et ses manuels, ses outils et ses documents d'immatriculation allemands. La TVA sera facturée sur le prix d’adjudication.
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