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Mercedes Benz CLK GTR AMG Roadster

• CLK GTR was created for the sole purpose of participating in the world-class motorsport events. However, as the most unique and exotic cars, this one also had to be eligible for driving on public roads. The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR (C297) is a GT1 sports car built and produced by Mercedes-Benz in conjunction with their then motorsport partner AMG. Intended for racing in the new FIA GT Championship series in 1997,

Design

• The CLK GTR was designed primarily as a race car, with the road cars necessary in order to meet homologation standards being secondary in the car's design, i.e. it was a homologation special. CLK GTR AMG convertible was made only to satisfy the urges of wealthy collectors to possess such a car.

Performance

• Following its successful campaign in the 1997 FIA GT Championship, the race car would be entered in the first two rounds of the 1998 FIA GT Championship, before being replaced for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its successor, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK LM, would conclude Mercedes' GT1 program, being replaced by the Mercedes-Benz CLR Le Mans Grand Touring Prototype (LMGTP).

production

• A purpose-built racecar that did not have to abide by the homologation rules of the previous GT1 cars. A model presented in 2000 had been selling for €3,700,000. Today this car costs around €8,000,000-€9,000,000.