A collectible Mercedes looks set to be a big hit when served up to motorcycle enthusiasts at an auction next month.
The modern classic Merc is a CLK63 AMG Black Series from 2009 – one of the most powerful models produced by the German brand in the 1990s and built in exclusive numbers.
But this particular car has another asset up its sleeve. That’s because the former owner is 20-time Grand Slam tennis star Roger Federer.
The eight-time Wimbledon champion’s name on the registration document will almost certainly bolster the engine’s already desirable value, with Bonhams estimating it will sell for between 150,000 and 300,000 Swiss francs (around £ 120,000 to £ 158,000).
A top car: a 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series, first owned by tennis star Roger Federer, goes under the hammer next month
It is the first time that the 507 horsepower Mercedes has been offered at a public auction, with the car going to the block in Cheserex, Switzerland, as part of the Bonhams Bonmont Sale on June 20.
The blazingly fast bike was originally delivered new to Federer in 2009 – the year he achieved his first Grand Slam of all four major tennis titles.
Priced new, the CLK63 AMG Black Series costs £ 100,000 – meaning a sale price at the top of the estimate (£ 158,000) would mean a 58 percent increase in value in just over a decade.
Classic car experts, Hagerty, said the lower estimated figure was fairly accurate for the super rare model without a former celebrity owner.
“Values range from around £ 45,000 to £ 115,000 and the most recent sale took place last week in Amelia Island, Florida, selling for $ 145,000 (around £ 103,000),” explains John Mayhead, editor at Hagerty UK Price Guide.
These cars have everything in collectability: made in small numbers, from a prestigious manufacturer, phenomenal performance and celebrity ownership. Even Jeremy Clarkson raved about them and bought one. ‘
The 6.2-liter V8 engine in the CLK63 AMG was the most powerful of a Mercedes-Benz AMG series at the time.
Only 1,000 units were built between 2007 and 2009, making it a rare modern classic today
As an ambassador for the German automaker since 2008 – and most recently renewed his contract with Mercedes in 2018 – it appears Roger is the top choice of the brand’s ultra-rare models.
One of less than 1,000 made by the luxury German brand, the CLK63 AMG two-door coupé was the most powerful of the Mercedes-Benz AMG series at the time.
With a 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood, this crazy Mercedes can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds and has a limited top speed of 188 km / h.
That’s about 45 mph faster than Federer’s fastest recorded service.
Roger Federer has been an ambassador for the German automaker since 2008 – and last extended his contract with Mercedes in 2018
Federer equals the top of the charts for male singles tennis players with the most Grand Slam wins, matching Rafael Nadal’s 20 in total (including eight Wimbledon trophies)
The specification of the AMG is just as impressive as the player stats of the Swiss star.
As a track-focused black variant, the V8 engine is paired with a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission with F1-style paddle shifters at the wheel, tuned by AMG bottoms for sharper shifting.
Compared to a ‘standard’ CLK63 – which already had an impressive 478 horsepower – the Black Series was upgraded with a larger intake manifold, a reworked exhaust system and redesigned electronics.
With a 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood, this crazy Mercedes can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds
The Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series has a limited top speed of 188 mph – that’s about 45 mph faster than Federer’s fastest recorded service
The 507 hp car will be put up for auction for the first time at Bonhams’ Bonmont Sale in Switzerland on June 20.
In a real performance car, the wheel arches are bulging, air vents have been cut into the front fenders and a carbon rear spoiler adorns the boot lid.
It has a set of 19-inch alloy wheels that weigh just 11kg each – 3kg lighter than the standard CLK63 – to improve the power-to-weight ratio.
To further strengthen the grunt-to-sing statistic, the interior has been stripped of the luxury you would normally expect in a Mercedes-Benz.
Federer’s close relationship with Mercedes as official ambassador appears to have made the tennis star the first choice among the brand’s favorite models.
The car features a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with F1-style paddle shifters behind the wheel, which are tuned by AMG bottoms for sharper shifting.
It does without the comfort, with barely padded bucket seats for driver and front passenger
There are carbon fiber lashings in the cab and this snappy flat-bottomed sports steering wheel
The CLK63 AMG Black Edition was so stripped down that the German company’s performance arm even completely removed the rear seats
It does without the comfort, with barely padded bucket seats for the driver and front passenger, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic trim on the door inserts and center console, a forged aluminum gearshift and a flat-bottomed wheel.
AMG has also removed the rear seats to keep the Merc’s race sharp.
Paul Darvill, Bonhams European Auctions Manager, said: “We are confident that the public will welcome this AMG that will appeal not only to car collectors, but also tennis enthusiasts and fans of Roger Federer, certainly one of the world’s most recognized sports stars. and a great ambassador for his native Switzerland. ‘
The Bonhams Bonmont Sale 2021 will be held as a traditional live auction on Sunday, June 20, with bids accepted from in-room customers (subject to social distance and all local Covid-related guidelines).
Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series
Price new: £ 100,000
Years of production: 2007 – 2009
Number produced: 1,000 (approx)
Motor: 6208cc V8 petrol
Transfer: Seven-speed automatic with gearshift paddles
Ride: Rear wheel drive
Power: 507 hp at 6800 rpm
Couple: 464 lb ft at 5250 rpm
Acceleration (0-62mph): 4.3 seconds
Top speed: 188 mph (limited)
Length: 4657 mm Width: 1,833 mm Height: 1,365 mm
Empty weight: 1760 kg
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