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Two rare 720bhp Mercedes CLK GTR supercars sold for more than £1 million at auction last week.

Just 26 examples of the GT1 race car derived machine were made for the road in the late 1990s, 20 coupes and six roadsters.

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The top sale of the evening was a 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, the only right-hand drive example built, was sold for £616,000, while the coupe went for £522,500. Although it has not been confirmed, they are believed to have been owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei.

The estimate price for the coupe wass £370-390,000, while the roadster estimate was £430,000-£500,000 - around a third of what they cost new.

Modified only slightly from the race car, the CLK GTR is powered by an Ilmor modified 720bhp 6.9-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine with dual overhead camshafts. It had 572lb ft of torque and a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.4sec.

Showing its race pedigree, it also has a six-speed sequential manual gearbox with paddle-shift operation, independent front and rear suspension with double wishbones, pushrod-actuated coil springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated, anti-lock carbon-fibre disc brakes.

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tonym911 30 October 2009

Re: Mercedes CLK GTR for sale

The loss of two-thirds of their 'value' shows that (a) they were horribly overpriced when new and (b) even Mercedes heritage isn't strong enough to underwrite a shortage of motorsport involvement with this car. McLarens had that, ditto GT40, both are still fetching strong money.

BriMarsh 25 September 2009

Re: Mercedes CLK GTR for sale

If the Sultan had his head screwed on he'd withdraw these from auction and use them for a scrappage deal. Times are hard...

Sandy Sinclair 25 September 2009

Re: Mercedes CLK GTR for sale

Ohhh mais oui ding dong, that is pure unadulterated utter filth and I commend Merc for producing such a lovely machine even if the majority of the population cannot afford it , man knows no bounds , just do it, awesome.