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Cars Once Owned By Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Clark Gable, Al Capone and `Hopalong Cassidy’ For Sale At Bonhams Auction in Carmel, California

A consignment of 14 vehicles with impeccable Hollywood credentials, from the collection of the late Sidney Craig and his wife, Jenny Craig, will be sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, on August 14th.

The collection’s headline car is the 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria Convertible (chassis 2535, engine J-384), first owned by cinema cowboy William Boyd a.k.a. Hopalong Cassidy. With mechanically operated folding top by Rollston, this is an important example of open coachwork on the majestic Duesenberg Model J chassis.

Another mythical Hollywood cowboy, Tom Mix, previously owned the 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton being offered, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt toured California during his second re-election campaign in the Craig’s 1935 Lincoln Model K V-12 Phaeton.

Other Hollywood celebrities are represented by the Ghia 6.4L Coupe owned by Gary Morton (Lucille Ball’s second husband) later modified for its second owner Dean Martin by the King of the Kustomizers, George Barris, and Frank Sinatra’s rare and delectably preserved 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. A 1931 Ford Model A Roadster is the most modest car in the Craig collection, but it was a featured player in one of the Andy Hardy movies starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

No less interesting is a 1930 Cadillac 452 V-16 Sedan outfitted with 1/4” steel armour plating and five-ply bullet-resistant glass attributed to Al Capone’s Chicago mob. The collection is balanced with a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe formerly owned by Clark Gable, the famous Flajole Forerunner concept car, a Cadillac V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton and a Bentley 3.5 Litre Park Ward Drophead Coupe built for Frederick Charles Stewart of John Brown & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, builder of the Cunard liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.

In her 2004 autobiography Jenny Craig wrote, “Sid … has the charisma of a Jack Kennedy, the intelligence of an Alan Greenspan, the creative mind of a Steven Spielberg, and the humor of a Jackie Mason, along with the good looks of a Clark Gable.” He had great taste in automobiles, too, as this small but choice collection shows and Bonhams is excited to offer them to a new generation of collectors of thoroughbred motorcars at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, on Friday, August 14th, during the international Monterey Car Week celebration.