If you don’t know what the CLK DTM AMG actually is, you might easily dismiss it as just a limited edition of Merc’s compact coupe with pumped-up arches and big rims.
Well, for starters it’s more powerful than a Black Series, with 582hp and 800Nm (590lb-ft) of torque from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 and a 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint in 3.6 seconds, and it’s faster than some modern AMGs.
Moreover, it was aimed to be a homologation special for Merc’s German Touring Car Championship contender. As such, the company built just 100 units for the Coupe (and 60 convertibles the next year), of which only 40 were right-hand drive models imported to the UK, so it’s rarer than a McLaren F1. Thus, it has all of the ingredients that make it a collector’s item, and such cars don’t pop up for sale that often.
Whenever they do, though, they change hands for six-digit sums, and this particular RHD example is estimated to fetch £180,000-£220,000 (equal to $252,197-$308,241 / €204,631-€250,105), plus a buyer’s premium of 15 percent, tax included.
It’s listed by SilverstoneAuctions, for the May Sale event that takes place at the famous circuit in Northamptonshire, UK. The auction house states that it has 7,500 miles (12,070 km) on the odometer since new. It has had two former owners, it’s accompanied by a full service history documented by Mercedes-Benz and looks to be almost in showroom condition.
If it wasn’t for the wide wheel arches, tweaked bumpers and large wing at the rear, it would probably trick everyone into thinking it’s just a 13-year old CLK that’s had some tuning parts bolted on. Which, even if the street car has little in common with the racer, is most certainly not the case.