The 1990s put out some absolutely legendary supercars, with the best and brightest being the McLaren F1, Jaguar XJ220, and Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR. It’s rare for any example from that Holy Trinity to go up for auction, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Gooding & Company’s upcoming Pebble Beach Auctions.
Going under the hammer is a highly impressive 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR Strassenversion. The German supercar was a homologation of Merc’s CLK GTR race car, and only 25 of them were ever made. This example was the ninth to roll out of the factory, and it may be in the best current condition of any of them. With just 1,442 km on the odometer and all original finishes retained, this 23-year-old track monster is practically brand new. The car’s naturally-aspirated 6.9 L V12 engine puts out 604 horsepower and 572 lb.-ft. of torque, and when new the CLK GTR was capable of going from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds and had a top speed of 214 mph. At the time of its release in 1997, the car’s MSRP of over $1.5 million broke the record for the most expensive production car ever made. These days, that looks like a bargain, as Gooding & Company expects this Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR to sell for between $8.5 and $10 million.