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Santa Monica | Lot 2019

1981 Clenet Series II

$28,000 USD | Sold

United States | Santa Monica, California

26 June 2016


  • V-8 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Two-tone paint
  • Wire wheels
  • Etched glass quarter windows
  • Waterford crystal ashtrays
  • Foglights
  • One of 187 Series II cars
  • Seats four
  • A well-preserved original example
  • Donated to the Petersen Museum specifically for fundraising purposes
Addendum: Please note this vehicle is being sold title in transit. Also, please note that due to California emissions, this car can only be offered to a dealer or out-of-state resident. Please see an Auctions America Car Specialist for more details.

Formed in 1975, Clenet Coachworks was a manufacturer of limited-production automobiles with distinctive styling inspired by elegant cars of the 1930s.The Clenet was portrayed in the media in the 1980s as a symbol of sophistication and wealth. Indeed, Clenets were featured in television shows of the time such as “Dynasty” and “Dallas.” The Clenet was built by a small team in Santa Barbara County, and was termed "Driven Art" by Automotive Age and Fortune suggested that the brand was the "American Rolls-Royce."

This 1981 Clenet Series II is one of only 187 Series II models made. It appears to be a highly-optioned example featuring Waterford crystal ashtrays and etched glass quarter windows. The car has a two-tone white and blue exterior, a navy blue interior, and a matching blue cloth soft-top. Power comes from a Ford V-8 engine. Additional visual highlights include faux side pipe exhausts, woodgrain trims, driving lights and wire wheels.

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