Remember when celebration special editions were a thing? Makers who scored big on track endeavoured to release limited runs to tie-in with their sporting achievements. How many can you name? How about the Renault Clio Williams, the Richard Burns-inspired Subaru Impreza RB320 and the Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI for starters?
One you may not know much about is the Mercedes CLK DTM AMG. When Bernd Schneider crossed the line in sixth place at Hockenheim in 2003, giving him just enough points to claim the DTM title, little did he know what was to come. In fact, the year was so good for Mercedes-AMG – its teams finishing one-two in the championship and sharing all but one of the 10 race wins between them – that the manufacturer felt it needed to do something to celebrate, to showcase this newfound dominance. Something wild.
Launched to little fanfare in 2004, this super-modified version of the CLK sports coupé will surely go down in history as one of AMG’s finest and rarest creations.