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AuctionScottsdale 2013
Lot5001
Reserve TypeRESERVE
StatusSold
Price
Year1955
MakeMERCEDES-BENZ
Model300SL
StyleGULLWING COUPE
VIN5500323
Exterior ColorSILVER
Interior ColorRED
Cylinders6
Engine Size3.0L
Transmission4-SPEED MANUAL
DescriptionPurchased new by Clark Gable at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood, Calif. List price was $7,295 FOB NYC. After Gable's death in November 1960, ownership was passed to Harry Haeigen, cartoonist and Gable's publicist. Title passed to Charles Wood, owner of Grand Stand Amusement Park in 1975. In 1989, Mr. Wood commissioned Paul M. Russell of Gullwing Service Company, Inc. of Essex, Mass. To restore this classic at a cumulative cost of nearly $200,000. Gable ditched the standard steel wheels for the racing Rudge knock-offs the car wears now. The wood and chrome Nardi steering wheel replaces the standard white wheel, early photos show the Nardi wheel in Gable's lifetime. The car was featured in the May/June 2006 edition of Motor Trend Classic magazine. At the time the car was subjected to extensive testing that shows it can handle and perform much as it did in 1955. Copies of the 1960s auto registration cards show Clark Gable's signature along with Kathleen "Kay" Sprecker's (5th Wife). Gable signed service orders from Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood for a lube/oil change for $4.00 and parts for $10.83 total. From the Bob Howard Collection.
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