A 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, to be held on 24 and 25 August 2018. Alongside the rare AMG racecar, a 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder have also been announced as RM Sotheby’s reveals its final entries to go under the hammer at its flagship sale in California.

The three cars join a line up of 150 exceptional lots set for RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey sale, of which no less than 35 carry individual pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 million.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK AMG was developed by Mercedes in the 1990s in response to fierce competition during the FIA GT1 Championship from rival marques, McLaren and Porsche.

The GT1 class comprised what were effectively road cars modified to become race machines. Manufacturers could enter any ‘road car’ they wished, so long as at least 25 examples had been built for homologation purposes. The CLK road car made use of a 6.9-Litre V-12, which sent over 600 hp to the rear wheels through a sequential paddle-shift gear box. Weighing just over 3,000 lbs, this street-legal Mercedes-Benz is capable of 0-100 mph in just over six seconds, and can reach a top speed of 214 mph.

The ninth of just 25 examples built (of which 20 were coupes), serial no. 09/25 is expected to bring $4,250,000 to $5,250,000 when it goes under the hammer at Monterey.

A never-raced 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 ‘Laureus’ is another star lot to feature at Monterey. Boasting special chrome paintwork, a performance exhaust system, and exposed carbon fibre parts inside and out, the GT3 car should raise a sizeable sum for charity. All proceeds from the estimated $400,000 to $600,000 sale price will go to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which operates in over 40 countries, and uses the power of sport to support disadvantaged children.

A hugely significant piece of Porsche’s American racing history, a 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder has been added to the Monterey lineup. Chassis no. 550A-0116 was raced in period on the West Coast, before changing ownership between several leading American personalities through the 1990s. The 550A was comprehensively restored by marque experts in Germany and was a class winner at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance under current ownership. The extensively documented and coveted Porsche remains eligible for vintage racing and international concours, and is expected to fetch $4,600,000 to $5,000,000 in Monterey.


This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.