Ultimate Mercedes CLKs join Silverstone Auctions’ May sale
£350,000 could buy you both one of only 40 right-hand-drive CLK DTMs ever made as well as one of 25 right-hand-drive CLK 63 Black series
Two hardcore, limited-run Mercedes CLKs will star at Silverstone Auctions’ May 19 sale at the Northants grand prix circuit.
One of only 40 right-hand-drive CLK DTMs and one of the 25 right-hand-drive CLK 63 Black series will both go under the hammer.
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Mercedes produced a road-going version of Bernd Schneider’s German Touring car to celebrate winning the DTM constructors’ championship. Its 5.4-litre V8 is capable of 582bhp and a 186mph top speed. Formula 1 world champions Mika Hakkinen and Jenson Button were both invited to place orders.
Only 100 were produced in total and, between this example’s two owners, it has covered fewer than 7600 miles since it was built in 2004. It’s finished in Obsidian Black and is expected to sell for between £180,000-£220,000.
This example, which comes with the number plate DT55 AMG, also featured in the Coys auction at Autosport International earlier this year.
In 2008, Mercedes returned to the CLK to launch its Black series range. This particular car was among the final examples built, and was registered to its first and only owner in June of that year.
It has covered just 4000 miles in the decade since. The CLK 63 Black’s 6.2-litre V8 churns out 507bhp, and visual upgrades over the regular 63 AMG include a carbon-fibre rear wing and a more aggressive front bumper.
The pre-sale estimate stands at between £110,000 and £125,000, courtesy of the car’s ‘impeccable service history’ and it having also been ‘meticulously stored and serviced’.
Harry Whale, classic car specialist for Silverstone Auctions, said: ‘Both these prized modern-day classics are stripped-out racers at heart. Lighter and more powerful than their showroom cousins, these cars were built for the track – so it’s fitting that we’ll be offering them at our May Sale held at Silverstone.’
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