Jaguar once owned by Clark Gable to blow into Carlisle show

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This 1952 Jaguar KX120 roadster once owned by actor Clark Gable will be on display at the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals. | Carlisle Events Photo

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 Gable’s ownership of the car is unclear, as he owned at least four Jaguars. However, according to a news release from Carlisle Events, it is known that he turned to the late great California customizer George Barris to make some tweaks to the vehicle.

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 automotive world eventually lost track of the Jaguar and it was later found in Dallas, Texas. 

Parts and pieces of the car were stored in multiple boxes. The then-owner restored the car as it looked when Gable owned it.

The Jaguar 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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For more information, check out the show’s website.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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  1. I doubt this very much. I owned the car that Jaguar "gave" Gable for one year. It is still in California… a 1954 roadster, white. Gable said it was "the first Jaguar he ever had."

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