Dubbed as the King of Hollywood, Clark Gable was a hugely popular actor who actually epitomized the American ideal of masculinity and virility for almost three decades. Named seventh among the greatest male stars of all times, this charmer with a handsome grin and carefully trimmed mustache was also widely known for his cars and his flirting. Now, Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe which is said to have ferried some of the Hollywood's top sex symbols including Ava Gardner, Vivien Liegh, and Marilyn Monroe, will be offered for grabs at Barret-Jackson’s 2013 Scottsdale auction as part of the Salon Collection on January 19th. However, in August this year, Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe, which was known as the vehicle in which Gable and his actress wife Carole Lombard, drove up the West Coast to Vancouver, crossed the auction block at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. But, despite bids that reached $6.4 million, the car actually failed to meet the owner’s reserve and wasn't sold.
Historically, the car was purchased by Clark himself at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood, and is considered to be one of the most celebrated, ultimate and iconic in all-around sports two-seaters of all time. This particular car, one of only 1,400 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings' ever made, has since been restored by Paul Russel and was maintained by mechanics at Mercedes-Benz.
King of Hollywood’s 300SL comes equipped with rare Rudge knock-off wheels, fitted luggage, and an impressive Nardi steering wheel. Additionally, the vehicle’s registration cements its provenance, which comes with Clark Gable, and his fifth wife, Kay Sprekels Gable's signatures. Reportedly, this particular Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was cherished by Clark for a total of five years, before his death in 1960.
Also, another 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing, the highly coveted car is expected to fetch a price of $5.18 million, when it’ll go under the hammer at RM Auctions’ annual sale in London on October 31st.