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Unique of the Week: 2000 Mercedes-Benz-AMG CLK GTR Supersport

Mercedes-Benz AMG has never been shy when building powerful race and street cars. This rare CLK GTR Supersport is evidence of both.

It's rare for something like this to come up for sale at any time, considering only 25 were built. This 2000 Mercedes-Benz-AMG CLK GTR is street legal, although the project originally started out as a racecar. Back in 1997, Mercedes wanted to enter the FIA GT Championship series. In order to be eligible to do so, they had to build 25 cars for the GT1 class. The car went on to win all World Championship titles that it competed in 1997 and 1998.

In 1999, the GT1 class was cancelled because no teams chose to compete. It was also upgraded in 1998 to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was renamed the CLK LM. The project was ended in 1999 when the racer was replaced with the CLR Le Mans prototype. However, Mercedes still had to build those 25 cars as part of the original deal. Fortunately, the road car only had slight changes from the racing version. Powered by an AMG-built engine with a 7291 cc V12 and mated to a six-speed manual, the GTR AMG could go from 0 to 60mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 199mph.

Modifications were done to the engine's displacement, going from 5.9 to 7.3-liters and output to 720hp and 572lb-ft. Clearly this thing is a racer, so it's not exactly the best daily driver. Speaking of which, driving it in regular traffic isn't the best idea considering it's valued at over $1 million. This particular GTR AMG Supersport is currently up for auction at eBay Motors with a starting bid of $1 million. It has only 1,492 miles on the odometer and is number 17 of 25 units built. It's also the first of five CLK GTR Supersports built. Painted silver with a red leather interior, it's in fantastic condition and even comes with dual airbags.

However, the CLK GTR hasn't been without its problems. Back in 2006 it was named in the Guinness World Records as the "world's most expensive lemon" after one car's oil pressure light came on, followed by engine and transmission failure. To top it off, Mercedes-Benz refused to fix the car on warranty because that particular unit was imported from Germany. Once again, thanks to John for the tip. Photos courtesy of ferrarimaseratifl.

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