Exclusive supercars snapped up at auction - hi-res pics
30 October 2009

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.

See the high-res Mercedes CLK GTR picture gallery

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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24 September 2009

What a shame for them both never to have been driven. Being laid up for that long is never good for a car, and such a waste of the engineering that went into it.

24 September 2009

Not surprised really,their not exactly everyday cars, and if their owned by the royal family in Brunie they will have been driven round a private track, pampered within an inch of their lives, and if the stories are true you must get bored having to choose from garages stuffed to the roof with every concievable exotic ever made ,even ome you had specially made, one off's, so delevery mileage is not surprising, maybe they never got round to driving them?, i mean if your that wealthy, what do you do with yourself?, it must be hard.No, for them it's like us going to trade in our motor,we've got an old Focus or whatever, there'is a couple of never used Mercs,no difference eh?...lol

Peter Cavellini.

24 September 2009

Why did they put the big 3-pointed star on the grille on that first one in the pics? All wrong.


I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

25 September 2009

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.

25 September 2009

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

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

30 October 2009

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.

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