Overview

  • 1998
  • Year Built

Description

🚗🏁 Rare Gem for Sale: Mercedes-Benz CLK LM – 1/1 🏁🚗

🏎️ MERCEDES-BENZ CLK LM – Rare Road Legal Gem from 1998 🏎️

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • YEAR: 1998
  • PRICE: Price on Application (POA)

SUMMARY: Road-legal version of the highly successful Mercedes-Benz CLK LM. Currently  road registered with taxes paid.

DESCRIPTION: The late 1990s witnessed the rise of the FIA GT Championship, and in response, Mercedes-Benz instructed AMG to craft a car to Group GT1 regulations. Accelerating the development, AMG acquired a McLaren F1 GTR chassis, transforming it into the iconic CLK GTR. After dominating the 1997 FIA GT Championship, modifications were made for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, resulting in the creation of the CLK LM.

Key Highlights:

  • Transition from V12 to M119 V8 engine for Le Mans endurance.
  • Aerodynamic adjustments for high-speed demands.
  • 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans pole position qualifier.
  • Post-Le Mans, dominated the 1998 FIA GT Championship.
  • Offered for sale:  1 of 4 CLK LM race cars by Mercedes-Benz.
  • Factory-used test vehicle, later sold and spent time in Japan before residing in a renowned  car collection.
  • Major overhaul in April 2021 for road legality, including a new fuel tank, refreshed suspension, and more.

Road Legal and Ready: This exceptional piece of automotive history is now road legal with taxes paid. Having graced concours events and motor shows, this CLK LM is a rare opportunity for collectors and motorsport enthusiasts.

📅 Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing. Seize the chance to own a piece of racing history! 🏁🌟🔧

 

🌟 Exceptional Racing Heritage: After dominating the FIA GT Championship, Mercedes-Benz aimed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, marking its return to the iconic race since 1991. The challenge prompted modifications to the CLK GTR, leading to the creation of the legendary CLK LM.

🔧 Performance Tweaks:

  • Engine Shift: Swapping the M120 V12 for the reliable M119 V8 used in Group C, sans turbochargers.
  • Bodywork Evolution: Lowered nose, revamped cooling ducts, and adjusted roof and air intake for Le Mans speed demands.

🏎️ Le Mans Debut: Despite taking the pole position, both CLK LMs faced early setbacks with engine failures. Disheartened but undeterred, Mercedes-Benz returned to FIA GT, replacing older models with CLK LMs, securing victory in every remaining race.

🏆 Championship Glory: The impressive performance led to winning the teams championship and drivers championship for Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta.

🌪️ Power and Speed:

  • V8 Engine: ~600 hp
  • Testing Speed: Up to 330 km/h
  • Virtual Top Speed: Claimed 335 km/h

🌐 Limited Production:

  • Four racing variant CLK-LMs crafted.
  • One road-going version built for compliance with 1998 FIA regulations.

📜 Legacy and Beyond: Despite challenges at Le Mans, the CLK LM’s racing prowess and subsequent success in FIA GT solidify its status as a rare collector’s item. A road-going version adds an extra layer of exclusivity.

📬 Contact for Info: For more details and to seize this racing legend, use the provided contact form. Don’t miss the chance to own a piece of automotive history! 🏎️💨✨

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Updated on January 16, 2024 at 2:43 pm
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Property Status: For Sale

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