2018 RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale (Mercedes Benz AMG CLK GTR)

A 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR and 1957 Porsche 550A will be on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018 classic car auction.

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR
Patrick Ernzen © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A rare 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR, estimate $4,250,000 – $5,250,000, and a 1957 Porsche 550A, estimate $4,600,000 – $5,000,000, are the top German cars on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018 sale. The AMG CLK GTR is street-legal and capable of 0-100 mph in a little over six seconds and has a top speed of 214 mph – certainly not one of the shy or timid. The Porsche 550A was known as a giant killer with the car on offer having an in-period and historic racing record.

RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018 Sale

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 Sold
Remi Dargegen ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018 classic car auctions are scheduled for 24 to 25 August 2018 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California, USA.

In 2017, RM Sotheby’s earned $132,993,810 with a sell-through rate of 88%. RM Sotheby’s sold 32 cars for over a million dollar. The top result was $22,550,000 paid for a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 – a marque and British-made car record.

Highlights from The Pinnacle Portfolio
Patrick Ernzen © 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s

In 2016, RM Sotheby’s grossed $118 million from just over 100 cars – 21 cars were sold for over a million dollar including three that sold for over $10 million and setting new marque records: a 1955 Jaguar D-Type1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo Spider and a 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX2000 – the most-expensive American car ever.

The world’s single auction record remains RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015 when three days of auctions grossed $172.7 million and million-dollar results for 35 cars.

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR
Patrick Ernzen © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

An incredibly rare 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR, serial no. 09/25, (Est. $4,250,000 – $5,250,000) will be one of the 150 motor cars set for RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey sale, of which no less than 35 carry individual pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 million.

The GT1-era of the 1990s was the stuff of motorsports legend. Initially intended to be a series for modified road cars and gentlemen drivers, the class saw major manufacturers like McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche throwing the full weight of their expertise towards factory-built race cars meant to do nothing but win the FIA GT1 Championship. No car was more dominant in that era than the CLK GTR, whose unmatched performance in the 1997 and 1998 season caused every manufacturer to effectively go back to the drawing board to begin anew.

Born from the very spirit of its most historic and significant predecessors such as the Ferrari GTO and Ford GT models of the early 1960s, the GT1 class comprised what were effectively road cars modified into race cars. Manufacturers could enter any “road car” they wished so long as at least 25 examples had been built for homologation purposes — this was Mercedes-Benz’s window. While raced against modified road cars, such as the McLaren F1, the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR was engineered from the ground up as a purpose-built race car. The main difference between the CLK road car and race car was the engine, which was a 6-Liter V-12 in the race car, and a 6.9-Liter V-12 in the road car. This massive powerplant produced over 600 hp, routed to the rear wheels through a sequential paddle shift gear box. Weighing just over 3,000 lbs., this street-legal Mercedes-Benz is capable of 0-100 mph in a little over six seconds, on to a top speed of 214 mph.

This car, serial no. 09/25, is the last of the true hypercar-race cars, with performance that rivals the latest and greatest offerings from the world’s top manufacturers. The ninth of just 25 examples built (of which 20 were coupes), this CLK GTR has led a charmed life, having had just three owners and showing shows less than 1,500 original km since new. Fastidiously maintained, the car has been recently imported to the U.S. under the Show or Display exemption and federalized for all 50 states. It is believed that of the original 25, less than six cars are federally legal within the United States, with this being one. Offered in as-new condition, the turn-key example is ready for its next stage in greatness. Perhaps no other modern Mercedes more closely embodies the heritage of the Star and Laurel’s spirit of racing, engineering and competition; a near impossible feat to surpass since the advent of the famed 300 SL Gullwing (Est. $4,250,000 – $5,250,000).

“Unequivocally, the CLK GTR represents the most undervalued and silently underappreciated supercar of the Modern Era,” says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Considering that it is one of the rarest high-performance production cars of its contemporaries—only 25 exist worldwide, at nearly one fourth the price of a McLaren F1, of which there are more than 60, it is only a matter of time before the model escalates to near equal market value as the $20,000,000 supercars”.

Myers continues: “Marked by what I would say is some of the most extreme yet physically attractive bodywork on a post-War sports and GT car, originally built for homologation in GT Championship racing, and in virtually flawless overall condition, I firmly believe the CLK GTR offered in our Monterey auction represents the ultimate in collector car investment and long-term value collectability”.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 ‘Laureus’

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 ‘Laureus’
© 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s is also partnering with Mercedes-AMG to offer a never-raced 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 ‘Laureus’ in Monterey, chassis no. GT3 190-17 050, with proceeds to benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Active in over 40 countries with support from numerous athletes on over 100 projects, the foundation aims to use the power of sports to support disadvantaged children worldwide.

A one-off example of a proven victor in Mercedes-AMG’s GT racing efforts, this GT3 boasts special chrome paintwork, a performance exhaust system lacking mufflers, and exposed carbon fiber parts inside and out. Offering exceptional levels of performance and perhaps the most attractive bodywork on today’s GT3 grid, this Mercedes-AMG represents a wonderful opportunity to support a worthy cause (Est. $400,000 – $600,000, offered without reserve).

1957 Porsche 550A Spyder

1957 Porsche 550A
Karissa Hosek © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A hugely significant piece of Porsche’s American racing history, RM Sotheby’s has added a 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder, chassis no. 550A-0116, $4,600,000 – $5,000,000, to the Monterey lineup. By 1957, the 550 model had already found an eager customer base in North America, and chassis 0116 was delivered new to Jack McAfee of Burbank, California, who raced the car extensively on the West Coast in period.

Driven and owned by some of the leading West Coast personalities through the 1990s, the 550A was subsequently comprehensively restored by marque experts in Germany. A class winner at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance under current ownership, the extensively documented and coveted Porsche remains highly eligible for vintage racing and international concours.

The Porsche 550 A model record was set at $5,170,000 at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2018 sale.

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