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Insanely Rare Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster Can't Find a Buyer

Will someone please buy this damn car. It just can't be homeless.

Something like this doesn’t come around often, and wealthy collectors everywhere are sure to be interested. Set to hit the auction block this weekend at Monterey is this, a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster. Just six examples were built, and this particular one is number 0003. In fact, a dealer tried to sell this exact car on eBay last April to no avail. The German automaker built just 20 examples of the coupe variant, so any time a roadster pops up is cause for celebration. Only thing is, this one just can't find a buyer.

The CLK GTR was purely for homologation purpose by AMG and those engineers packed in all of the technical knowledge gained from winning the 1997 FIA GT Championship. It has a race proven carbon fiber monocoque chassis featuring an integrated steel roll cage and side impact protection. There’s also a unique engine cover, rollover hoops and a black rear wing. At its heart lies a 6.9-liter V12 that’s good for 612 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. All told, it has a top speed of nearly 200 mph. Four-wheel vented carbon fiber disc brakes are there to make sure the car can effectively slow down without killing its driver.

Number 0003 was recently serviced in Germany and was shipped to the US last March. It went up on eBay in April with a buy it now price of $2 million. Since that dealer couldn't sell it, it looks like the Mecum Auctions will take a shot at it. The car is fully road worthy and has just 71 miles on its clock. It also comes with a Mercedes-fitted luggage set. So is this a case of bad market timing or is the car simply overpriced? Remember though, great things rarely come cheap. Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

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