Duesenberg Model JN Clark Gable Convertible Coupe

The 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe, originally owned by Clark Gable, as part of the Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auction on August 18 & 19, 2012

-Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe

-Originally the property of “The King of Hollywood,” actor Clark Gable

-In 1935, Gable drove his new Duesenberg to the White Mayfair Ball in Beverly Hills, where he spent a great deal of time with actress Carole Lombard; this was the beginning of one of the most legendary and widely-publicized Hollywood love stories in history that tragically ended six years later with Lombard’s death in an airplane crash

-One of only 10 JNs built – an elegant and luxurious development from Duesenberg’s original model J – and one of only four examples bodied as a convertible coupe

-Following an amusing exchange between Gable and Lombard during a winter rainstorm, Gable took the Rollston-bodied cream over cognac Duesenberg to famed Pasadena-based coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz for additional bespoke upgrades including a dramatically raked windscreen, scooped and V’d hood ventilators, rear-fender spats, “Continental-style” dual rear spares and a full-length hood that stretches past the firewall

-Throughout their passionate six-year relationship Gable and Lombard enjoyed many adventures in this famous Duesenberg, including a long drive up the West Coast to Vancouver, British Columbia

-Featured in the 1938 film Merrily We Live

-Special Award Winner at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Source: Gooding & Company
Photo Credit: Mathieu Heurtault

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