The Want Is Strong With This Rare Race-Derived Mercedes CLK

AMG has made loads of cars we'd give an arm and a leg for, but this DTM-inspired special edition CLK has got us breathing heavier than normal...

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The AMG back catalogue is to car enthusiasts what Cadbury World is to ‘bubbly’ people, and next month one of the German tyre-smoker’s most awesome treats of yesteryear is coming up for auction.

Feast your eyes on this immaculate CLK DTM AMG; one of just 40 right-hand drive versions ever made and with fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock since its first registration in 2006.

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It’s up for sale with Historics, who also supplied these images. It’s undoubtedly the star attraction at the 130-something lot auction on November 26, with an estimate of between £210,000 and £250,000.

The DTM was a special edition coupé built for the road out of the bones of the full racing-spec 209 CLK DTM that raced in the ultra-competitive German DTM racing series. Originally priced at the equivalent of around £161,000 when launched, it sold out as soon as 40 gibbering rich people had collected themselves enough to throw their wallets at their local dealer.

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Under the Mr Universe bodywork lies a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 producing 574bhp and as many torques as it takes to turn the rear tyres into mush before you finish reading this sentence. It smashed the 0-60mph sprint in a most likely terrifying 3.8 seconds thanks to the long ratios in the five-speed auto gearbox, and top speed was limited(!) to 200mph.

This one was actually registered to a Singapore-based owner from new, but has recently been officially imported to the UK and has all the necessary paperwork. The old speedometer was replaced with a British miles-per-hour unit correct to the DTM model, and the mileage was adjusted to exactly reflect the kilometres previously covered.

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The carbonfibre- and Alcantara-festooned interior is in fantastic condition. We really wouldn’t mind parking our backsides in it for an afternoon. The want is strong.