2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe and 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster fetch a combined £1.1 million at the RM Auctions
While most of us are drooling over the prospect of driving off into the sunset with the supercar of our dreams, two people who attended the recent RM Auction in London went home with their own supercars that they can now proudly call their own.
Two of the main attractions at the said auction were a pair Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRs – one was a 2005 Coupe version and the other was of the 2006 Roadster variety. Expensive and rare – only 20 coupes and five roadsters were ever built – at the same time, the CLK GTRs sold for a combined £1.1 million – a ‘somewhat’ bargain price considering the ‘beyond exclusive’ tag attached to these two cars.
While the two new – and lucky – owners of these cars were not identified, we do know that the 2005 CLK GTR Coupe sold for £522,500 while the 2006 Roadster version fetched a pretty cool £616,000.
It also goes without saying that the GTRs are not your prototypical Mercedeses. Fine-tuned by no less than HWA, the cars come with a 6.9-liter V12 engine that’s capable of churning out up to 612 horsepower. In addition to that, the two models also came with reinforced features including a six-speed sequential manual gearbox, a dual independent double-wishbone suspension, and carbon fiber brakes.
For the record, we don’t have that kind of money so the very idea of purchasing these cars shall, and will forever be a pipe dream for us. But in the wishful scenario that we did have £1.1 million to throw around, then investing on not one, but two cars of this stature is something that we’d also do in a heartbeat.
Press Release after the jump
NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD SET FOR AN ASTON MARTIN DB2 AT RM’S ‘AUTOMOBILES OF LONDON’
Offered for the first time in 52 years, a 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Team Car sets new auction record at £550,000
Other highlights - two rare Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRs sell for a combined £1.1 million; an unrestored 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet achieves over five-times pre-sale estimate
The esteemed Edgar Schermerhorn collection of motor cars and automobilia brings £1.5 million
LONDON, England (29 October 2009) - Preeminent international auction house, RM Auctions, concluded its 2009 auction season on a high note in London last night, posting £10.9 million in total sales with a strong 87% of all lots sold at the third-annual ‘Automobiles of London’ event.
Held in association with Sotheby’s, the single-day auction presented some 84 motor cars, consigned from 11 countries around the world, and 40 lots of automobilia, attracting strong international interest from bidders in the room, on the phone and over the internet.
A 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Team Car ‘VMF 64’with Le Mans and Mille Miglia provenance, offered for the first time in 52 years, set a new auction world record for an Aston Martin DB2, achieving £550,000, whilst 13 lots exceeded their original high estimates. Most notably, an original 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet surpassed its pre-sale high estimate of £60,000 to achieve the remarkable sum of £308,000.
"This sale wraps up another fantastic year for RM globally," said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.
"We’re proud of our reputation for consistently achieving record prices and offering the finest motor cars available to the market, and today’s results were certainly no exception. With an 87% sell-through rate and numerous lots exceeding their estimates, it’s fair to say that the collector car market is still remarkably strong," added Girardo.
The top sale of the evening was a 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, the only right-hand drive example built, achieving £616,000, followed closely by a 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe selling for £522,500.
The event also presented a fine selection of memorabilia and coachbuilt motor cars from the private collection of Mr. Edgar Schermerhorn. Headlined by a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio for £440,000, the collection achieved a total £1.5 million.
RM Auctions will kick off 2010 with its return to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa for the 11th annual ‘Automobiles of Arizona’ event on 21st - 22nd January, including an exclusive, British-flavored evening auction. RM Auctions’ next European event, the recently-announced ‘Sporting Classics of Monaco’, will take place 1st May 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum.
Official results from the ‘Automobiles of London’event will be posted online at www.rmauctions.com.
Source: RM Auctions