2005 Mika Hakkinen Mercedes-AMG DTM Car

The German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series for ‘silhouette’ touring cars produces some of the most technically sophisticated and spectacular racing cars ever seen. This is the works AMG-Mercedes Benz C-class DTM car that double world Formula 1 Champion Mika Hakkinen raced in 2005. After retiring from the McLaren-Mercedes F1 team at the end of 2001 Hakkinen decided to return to competition in 2005 driving for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM. Hakkinen had been a fan of DTm racing and said after his first test in the car: โ€œI soon realised that I’m not ready to retire for good, it was just the right moment that MercedesBenz offered me to test a DTM car. I saw immediately that I still enjoy racing very much and during the test my lap times were at the same level as those of the touring car specialists, I know, of course, that I first have to get used to a DTM car to be able to fight with the front runners. The AMGMercedes C Class, however, is a great car and with it I want to be consistently competitive soon.”

The double World Champion ended that come-back season fifth in his maiden DTM Championship with a fine 3rd place in his second race followed up by a superb victory at the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, were he also started from pole and made fastest lap in the race.

Year: 2005
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: C-Class
Dealer: Taylor And Crawley
Taylor And Crawley
Vendor:Taylor And Crawley
Taylor and Crawley was founded in 1937 and sold Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo cars from their Mayfair premises. After the war, they became the UK Mercedes-Benz importers and main agents before importing Maseratis and then becoming Alfa Romeo dealers. Scion of the Taylor family, son Michael, was a successful racing driver in the 1950s, being a factory Lotus sports car driver eventually graduating to Grands Prix before his career was cut short by car failure in the tragic Belgium Grand Prix at Spa in 1960. David Clark, already an established purveyor of sports and racing cars, was a friend of Michael Taylor and acquired the company in the 1980s when Michael retired. Since then the company has been prominent in the Historic car market, especially with competition cars.
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