Bonhams announced the upcoming sale of an incredibly rare and desirable 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster. The radical homologated GT1 car will be offered for auction at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in June.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR is a remnant from one of the most exciting eras in high-level endurance racing. In the early 1990’s, FIA regulations forced manufacturers to create 25 examples of any car they wanted to compete in the top-tier GT1 class. Manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Porsche created street-legal performance monsters, which skirted the line between a full-blown GT1 racer, and street-legal hypercars. Mercedes’ entry into this surreal segment was the CLK GTR.
Powered by a rowdy 6.9-liter V-12 engine, the CLK GTR visually appeared more as a track predator than grocery-getter. With 604 hp and 572 lb-ft on tap from the race mill, the CLK GTR could slingshot to 60 in just 3.8 seconds. Two additional higher-performance Super Sport variants were created, utilizing a 7.3-liter V-12, which churned out 655 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque. Power for all CLK GTR variants was routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential paddle-shifted transmission.
After the initial 20 CLK GTRs were created, AMG’s internal H.W.A specialist group began the process for creating the six Roadster units from existing CLK GTR coupes, or spare chassis. The Roadster utilizes a different rear wing and grille, and the chassis was stiffened with two integrated roll bars above the passengers’ heads.
This particular 1998 CLK GTR Roadster up for sale is estimated to sell for between $2,1 million and $2.8 million. Look for the road-legal race car to cross the auction block on June 26 at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.