Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

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Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by Adam » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:49 am

Apologies if this image has done the rounds before, but it was published in the spring 2015 edition of The Bulletin, the journal of the Vintage Sports Car Club here in the UK. The caption says that it is an MGM publicity shot. What a car that must have been at the time.

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Re: Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:31 am

I don't believe I've seen that photo before, thanks for posting. A 1933 Twelve for sure, and check those fancy "Ace"-type covers over the wire spoke wheels.

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Re: Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by Don Shields » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:16 pm

The front fenders are unskirted, making this a Ninth Series or 1932 model year Packard. The lack of a headlight crossbar indicates that a 12 cylinder engine is aboard as only the new Twin Six had this styling feature in 1932. The photo seemed familiar to me, and a check of my Packard book collection bore this out. On page 272 of the Crestline book "Packard" by George H. Dammann and James A. Wren is a photo of the same car in the same location but taken from a slightly different perspective. Mr. Gable is posed slightly differently also, a rather more jaunty pose. Messrs. Dammann & Wren describe the car as a 1932 Twin Six Rumble Seat Roadster, body no. 579. They further state that this car had roll-up door windows, making it more of a convertible coupe than what we think of today as a roadster.

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Re: Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:17 pm

Right on Don, my bad on the identification, I know better - what can I say?

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Re: Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by Adam » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:26 am

Interesting. Then the caption is slightly incorrect as it describes the car as a 1934 Twin Six, and I was certainly not knowledgeable enough to challenge that. So 1932 it is.

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Re: Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by BDC-TX » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:35 am

Does the car still exist?
I remember seeing a very nice 37 Darrin that belonged to Clark Gable in a well known collection last year. Clark Gable sure had (expensive) taste.

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Re: Clarke Gable with his 1934 V12

Post by DrMorbius » Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:32 pm

The picture is missing one thing...................oh right - a mustache!

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