Clark Gable's Car-History


Hollywood Icon Clark Gable owned a series of interesting cars. Pre war he drove Packerd and Dusenberg, after the war he famously owned two XK120s.

First US-delivery XK120

Gable famously took ownership of the first XK120 customer car to reach American shores – one of the early aluminium-bodied versions – after proclaiming he “wanted it like a child wants candy”.

 

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The ex-Clark Gable 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster won Best in Class in the Postwar Sports Open category at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.Photo: Sports Car Digest
The ex-Clark Gable 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster won Best in Class in the Postwar Sports Open category at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.Photo: Sports Car Digest

Jaguar XK 120 Number Two

 

Three years later, Gable was apparently filming in Cornwall when he took delivery of another, a steel-bodied OTS with chassis number 672282. Having spent some time getting to know his first car, he requested that Jaguar make a few changes to better accommodate his requirements.

Rear-mounted luggage rack and to deal with overheating, two rows of slots were punched into the bonnet.

Restoration in progress

The 2nd XK120 is now under ongoing restoration. 

For more information see:

https://www.classicdriver.com/de/article/autos/under-construction-clark-gables-jaguar-xk-120-wird-restauriert