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”.
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.
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