Essentially every time a CLK-GTR is sold in North America, it makes news. And that's if it's one of the 20 coupes. The last six examples produced, however, were roadsters.
The CLK-GTR was a genuine homologation model, built solely to conform to FIA GT1 race regulations. Mercedes originally planned a supercharged 5.5-liter AMG V8 for the road car, but threw it practicality out the window with a 612-hp, 6.9-liter version of the SL 600's V12.
The final six cars were built by HWA as roadsters, and lucky number three will be in Monterey this weekend. Last year, one of two coupes with an uprated 720-hp, 7.2-liter Super Sport V12 (a.k.a. the SL 73 AMG and Pagani Zonda's engine) sold for $1.1 million on a $1.2–$1.5 million estimate. While it did have the hi-po engine, that was a 1998 beater (it showed 1335 miles). Chassis number 000034, on the other hand, is both a 2002 and shows just 71 miles, it had a factory build team flown in from Germany in March for the 75-mile service, so the engine won't have to come out for at least another 100 miles. You think I'm joking, but I know a guy who drove his SL600 AMG for three weeks after he bought it, before an air-conditioning fault required replacement parts to be flown in from Germany. That took five weeks.
There aren't exactly a lot of sales data points here, but it was advertised in the spring for $1,995,980, which includes a CD changer. And factory luggage. And a torque wrench. And what appears to be a set of carved beechwood blocks with red handles, which, if you know what they do, let me know. As the sole federalized roadster, even with the base engine, approaching the $2-million mark isn't out of the realm of possibility, and I can certainly see it selling for more than the coupe last year.
You know, I'm pretty sure there's never been a proper road test of a CLK-GTR roadster by any impartial third party. And a new owner is going to want to put on some break-in miles. I'm just saying...