The Mercedes CLK GT was a race car for the road in the 1990s - it might as well be a predecessor to the Project One.
Mercedes has a long history when it comes to high-performance sports cars, from the SLR McLaren to the AMG GT. Soon it will also be rewriting the hypercar rulebook with the radical, soon-to-be-iconic Project One packing in F1 tech rumored to produce 1,020 horsepower. This isn’t the only road-legal race car Mercedes has produced, however. Cast your mind back a few decades and there was the race-derived Mercedes CLK GT, a mid-engined supercar with unprecedented power for a road car at the time.
Originally developed to compete in the FIA GT Championship and Le Mans during the late 1990s, homologation standards dictated that 25 road-going versions also had to be produced. Mercedes obliged, and in addition to two factory prototypes and seven racers, 20 coupes and six roadster variants of the CLK GT were made. From its striking appearance to its monstrous power, this was most certainly a race car for the road, packing in a 6.9-liter V12 producing 604 horsepower and 572 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Sprinting from 0-62 mph took just 3.8 seconds, and the CLK GT would go on to hit 214 mph which was obscene speed back in the 1990s.
At the time, the CLK GT was also notable for breaking the world record in 1999 for the most expensive production car to go on sale, with an asking price of $1,547,620. Today, it’s appreciated by over $1 million. German dealer Autohaus GmbH is selling a 1999 CLK GT with only 1,802 miles on the clock, and it can be yours providing your pockets are deep enough to afford the 2,450,000-Euros asking price, which is around $ 2.7 million. While it looks practically pristine, it’s even more expensive than its Project One spiritual successor, which is expected to sell for around $2.3 million. The CLK GT is considerably rarer, though, since Mercedes has stated that 275 examples of the Project One will be produced.