Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

The mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR was designed to campaign in international sports car racing and 25 versions were built, the minimum number needed to qualify the vehicle as a "production" car and make it eligible to race in the desired class.

The ultra-high performance cars made their racing debut mid-season in 1997 and secured a number of racing victories, winning against respected rivals such as Porsche and McLaren. The Mercedes-AMG, the motorsports and performance division of Mercedes-Benz, constructed the GTR, which was powered by a V-12 engine that drive the rear wheels through a six-speed, paddle shift transmission.

One year after its introduction, the model was moderately re-engineered in order to race competitively in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but was not able to achieve victory in the prestigious event.

Priced at $1,573,000 new, the GTR was the world's most expensive car at the time of its introduction.

Gallery: Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR