As many of you know, James Dean was an American Icon. With just a few films under his belt, he was already on his way to being one of the largest actors in Hollywood.
During the filming of Rebel Without a Cause, he purchased a Porsche 550 Spyder. He was banned from racing it during the filming of Giant, but after filming, he was eager to race it again. The car was named Little Bastard.
On Sept 23rd, Dean showed the car to his friend Alec Guiness or as he's more popularly known Obi Wan Kenobi. Alec Guiness, using the Force I guess, told him that the car looked "sinister" and if he drove it, he would be dead in a week.
On Sept 30th, Dean was killed in a head on car accident. His car went on into legend as it was said to be cursed. The list of people hurt by the car was amazing. I will include a link to Snopes.com for you to read about for yourself.
One thing that was never explained happened at the end of the Spyder's story. In 1960, car design legend, George Barris decided to ship Little Bastard back to California. It was loaded in a boxcar in Florida and the door to the boxcar was sealed. The boxcar arrived in Los Angeles with the seal intact, but Little Bastard had vanished into thin air. It was never to be seen again.
Is the car cursed? Is Satan driving it right now? I guess time will tell, but it has become one of the most famous car curses of all time.
You can read more about it at the following link: http://www.snopes.com/autos/cursed/spyder.asp
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