When Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sold for an impressive $1.85 million at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale the other day, we immediately set out to find a photo of the legendary actor and style icon at the wheel.
Gable at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing in 1961
Turns out it wasn’t so easy; while many pix exist of the matinee idol and his Jaguar XK120, finding a publishable one of Gable in the Gullwing is an altogether more daunting prospect.
After a diligent search we dug up this shot of Gable arriving on the set of 1961′s The Misfits, in which he starred with Marilyn Monroe, in the classic coupe, giant cigar in hand.
Gable was quite the car enthusiast.
In addition to the Gullwing and the XK120, his rides over the years included a Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe, a 1932 Packard, 1935 Cadillac, 1936 Duesenberg J roadster, 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe, and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
Gable owned several sporty cars over the decades
But nothing quite suited the iconic actor as the equally iconic Gullwing, we’ll think you’ll agree….
- Posted January 28, 2013
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