This past weekend at Pebble Beach, a Jaguar XK120 was named “Best in Class”—one that belonged to none other than the great Clark Gable.
Gable was a self-admitted “car nut,” who was already the proud owner of a Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe when he acquired the XK120 in 1949.
Originally painted suede green, the star had it redone in his signature “Gable grey.”
Gable was so devoted to the vivacious vehicle that he wrote an article about it in the March 1950 issue of Road & Track.
In it, he mentioned his attempt to reach the XK120’s official 132 mph top speed on one of Southern California’s dry lakes, and managed an impressive 124 mph.
All without getting a hair out of place, naturally…
- Posted August 21, 2012
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