Friday, August 24, 2012

MULTI MILLION DOLLAR CAR...Clark Gable and Carole Lombard fell in love in his '35 Duesenberg.

Clark Gable was the original owner of this beautiful 1935 Duesenberg JN with custom coachwork by Bohman and Schwartz.

Gable, Lombard and a '35 Duesenberg

By JERRY GARRETT / The New York Times

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Clark Gables 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe  by Gooding & Company was up for auction last weekend in Pebble Beach, California at the Concours d' Elegance.  Bidding went as high as $6.4 million but that wasn't high enough to meet the seller's predetermined "reserve" price, so this Duesenberg didn't sell.
The glamours Duesenberg played a part in Gable's famous relationship with Carole Lombard. The two met at a party after which they went for a long drive...and the rest is Hollywood history.

Of course all this talk about Hollywood glamour makes me think about my great uncle Tom Lyle Williams and his 1940 Packard Victoria, coachwork by Bohman and Schwartz.. Here it is today in this video.
Maybelline Founder Tom Lyle Williams, standing next to his 1940 Packard Victoria at his Villa Valentino in the Hollywood HIlls. 

Tom Lyle Williams, Packard Victoria restored by Steve Snyder's father, Bill Snyder, owner of the car today.   Speaking of classic romantic cars, check out this video of my father Bill Williams Clenet Series 1, number 13.....which placed second in the Neo-Classic category.  The 5th annual Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance, was held February 17 – 26, 2012, at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage, California. Hailed by Der Spiegel magazine as one of the "Top Ten Classic Car Shows in the World."   
Want to know more about Tom Lyle Williams 1940 Packard Victoria or his nephew Bill Williams 1977 Clenet made by Clenet Coachworks in Santa Barbara, or anything about Chuck Williams-BB1, Steve Snyder Donna Williams or me, Sharrie Williams, just click on our names.

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