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Clark Gable’s Convertible and More Celebrity Classic Cars Sold at Auction

On Sunday June 7th, 2009, 4 famous classic cars, previously driven by celebrities, were auctioned at the annual Bonhams Auction held at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. These four cars were among more than 80 classic vintage cars available for sale at the auction.

Clark Gable’s 1938 Packard Eight Convertible Victoria
Gable’s classic car sold for $282,000 to a private U.S. collector who outbid four other bidders for the celebrity’s car. According to legend, Gable sold this convertible because every time he drove it, a mob of crazed women would run after him so he opted for a less conspicuous black coupe instead.

Robert Redford’s 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton
Redford’s classic car from the 1947 Great Gatsby movie sold for $238,000.

President Woodrow Wilson’s 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Oxford Touring
Given to the president after he left office, this famous car sold for $161,000.

Racing Legend, John Fitch’s 1952 Fitch-Whitmore Le Mans Special
Sold for an astounding $403,000.

I’m amazed by these beautiful cars. They are quite majestic and extremely expensive. It seems our economy has had a minimal effect on some wealthy car collectors.