Jaguar XK120 owned by ‘Gone with the Wind’ star in special showcase
He may not have given a damn about Scarlet O’Hara at the end of “Gone with the Wind,” but movie star Clark Gable sure loved cars, including his 1952 Jaguar XK120 roadster.
The car once owned by Gable – who played the dubious Rhett Butler in the 1939 film – will be shown this weekend as part of a special showcase at the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The history of exactly how Gable came to own the car is unclear as he owned multiple Jaguars, but what is known is that he acquired it in Dallas, according to a news release from Carlisle Events.
Parts and pieces of the car were stored in multiple boxes. Gable turned to the late great California customizer George Barris to return the car to its former glory while adding some custom tweaks from Gable.
It was one of the first cars Barris customized during his long career, which included the Batmobile, “The Beverly Hillbillies” 1921 Oldsmobile touring-car-turned-truck and a host of other movie and TV novelties.
The Jaguar changed hands following Gable’s death in 1960 and was recently purchased by Velocity TV host Joseph Limongelli, who also will display a 1966 Jaguar E-Type, a 1952 Aston Martin DB 2 and a 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish.
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