To prepare for the 1997 season, Mercedes-Benz is interested in the new FIA rules in the Grand Touring category. To be approved for these competitions, the model must also be available to private clients for road use. For this reason, Mercedes-Benz built 25 CLK GTR coupes at 600 hp.
This model has a follower in 1998 in the prestigious CLK GTR roadster with open top, at 640 hp. Built in 6 units, this model capable of reaching 320 km / h (in theory) immediately overcomes a world record that will be exceeded in 2005, that of the most expensive commercially available road car, slightly over $ 1.5 million.
Mercedes-Benz had kept until 2014 the first of these six roadsters, which was revised by them before being sold to an investor who did not intend to use it. This beautiful black car with only 8 km from new is estimated £ 1.4M for sale by Bonhams at Goodwood on June 26, lot 340.
After an interlude with the CLK LM, Mercedes-Benz's ambitions in this class of competition are destroyed in 1999 by the disastrous instability of the next model, the CLR, along with a further change in the rules of the FIA.