About This 1937 La Salle Speedster
Posted: 28 Apr 2010
Beautiful and historic La Salle Speedster from the glamor days of Hollywood. One can imagine Mr. Gable arriving in style at a popular night spot in this car.
This is a 1937 Cadillac La Salle Speedster/Roadster owned by Clark Gable given to him as a gift by Carole Lombard, and yes it is documented. This car has the original Motor, Trans and is in excellent condition. This car rides like a dream and is fast by any standards. This car is in impeccable condition and is RUST FREE. EVERYTHING WORKS INCLUDING THE CLOCK.
Early 1935, The La Salle’s were being modified as Speedster’s/Roadster’s. The Son of GM’s Don Lee Cadillac (of Cadillac Motors) had a 1937 La Salle Speedster rebuilt by Frank Kurtis that sold for $440,000 Dollars in 2007. (Kurtis was residing in Parker, AZ). Kurtis was known for his modification of Howard Darrin’s “the Darrin of Paris” chassis.
In 1937, Carole Lombard had this 1937 Cadillac La Salle Speedster/Roadster created for Clark Gable by Hollywood Coachworks under Frank Kurtis. The Duesenberg of Clark Gable sold for $1.7 Million in 2009, Pinin Farina (designer of Ferrari) had his Cadillac LaSalle Speedster/Roadster sold for $980,000 in 2009, the 1937 La Salle Speedster/Roadster of Cadillac’s former GM’s family sold for $440,000 in 2007. Due to this car's Historical Legacy, the advertised 1937 Cadillac La Salle Speedster/Roadster is marketable at an estimated $1,000,000 Dollars if in pristine original condition. This car is not far from its original state and is currently being offered at $600,000 to provide the buyer an opportunity to gain immediate equity even after needed restoration work. $50,000 - $70,000 will place this car in concourse condition to attract these values. Many of the collectors of these cars have passed away or are currently unable to continue the legacy. As we pass this car forward to a new owner, we ask that the history and the authenticity be continued to allow the memory to live on. Many have questioned and still question the history of these cars. It can be said, that the original owners have documentation and evidence of the La Salle’s past. Pictures of Clark Gable with the vehicle, a historical plaque adhered to the vehicle with an authenticated review of the metal and engraving that reveals the car was a gift from Carole to Clark in August of 1937 and many web sites that included published data that have been listed below for your review. The content of the material listed below was taken from printed magazines, owner statements and research material written by third parties unrelated to this listing.
In 1939 Doodles Weaver, a professional entertainer and Stanford graduate, acquired the La Salle. Hollywood movie stars said to be a part of the La Salle ride, include but are not limited to; John Barrymore, Errol Flynn, Alan Ladd, Joan Davis, Susan Hayward, Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.
In 1956, La Salle was stolen and recovered in Moorpark, California.
In 1957, La Salle was repainted white, keeping with the owner’s preference of owning all white vehicles.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: white
Interior Color: red
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