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The “curse” of James Dean’s car, the “Little Bastard”, has become part of America’s cultural mythology. Warren Beath, a James Dean archivist and author, believes the source of the myth is George Barris , the self-described “King of the Kustomizers”, who says he was the first to purchase the wrecked car.
Little bastard car found.
The car was a silver convertible Porsche 550 owned by James Dean. Its number was 130 (VIN 550-0055) emblazoned on the hood. The name “Little Bastard” was painted just under the Porsche emblem on the engine cover.
“Little Bastard.” It was the nickname given to James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder — the car the actor drove to his death in a terrible wreck near Cholame, California in 1955 — and the alleged.
James Dean’s 550 Spyder “Little bastard.” One week prior to the crash that would end his life, the Actor that plays Obi Wan Kenobi Alec Guineas would predict his death. He told him that if he entered that car he would meet his doom and ugh that gives me chills!!!
This car is not to be confused with another white Speedster owned by Vincent Turner. Many photos such as the one above show Dean with that car as well, and it exists today also in France. The car in question, reportedly just found last week, is the one owned and raced by Dean.
The car was nicknamed “Little Bastard,” and it lived up to that name, causing mayhem and death nearly everywhere it went. James Dean had been auto racing for quite some time before his death.
Immediately after he owned the car, Dean wanted to personalize ‘Little Bastard,’ which was the nickname given to the car and painted on the rear end by Dean Jeffries, a master pin-striper.Soon after, Dean called upon movie car customizer George Barris—builder of the original Batmobile—to upgrade the Porsche’s interior and exterior.When Barris was done, the Porsche sported tartan.
Spyder 550 – ”little bastard” (replica) from the vintage car meet – found a roll ‘Lomography Color 100’ deep in my bag – expired but still working.
The car was customized by George Barris (famed designer of the Batmobile and the Munster Koach) and by master pinstriper and customizer Dean Jeffries who had a shop next to Barris’. It was Jeffries who added the car’s 130 racing number on the hood, doors and engine cover, and the now infamous “Little Bastard” badge.
Photos of late actor James Dean’s fatal car accident that were to be used in court are going to auction in August and are expected to bring in $20,000.
January 1954, Palm Springs, CA. Original caption that ran with the news of Dean’s death– Young Movie Star Killed in Auto Accident. Los Angeles, California: James Dean, 24 year old movie actor who shot to stardom in his first picture, , was killed last night at the wheel of his $7,000 racing car when he collided with another auto on a highway intersection near Paso Robles, Cal.
The mystery began in 1955 when Dean was driving his tiny 550 Spyder — which he had nicknamed Little Bastard — to Salinas, California, for a race. He hit a much bigger Ford Tudor that turned left.
Halloween’s a good time to tell some scary stories. The scariest car story out there is the story of James Dean’s Little Bastard, the Porsche 550 in which his ticket was eternally punched on September 30th, 1955. It leaves behind a trail of wreckage much longer than just Dean himself.
What Happened to Little Bastard Car. Little Bastard was taken into ownership by the Greater Los Angeles Safety Council, reconstructed, and toured around the United States as a portion of an automobile safety presentation. Somewhere between its last stop and the Volvo Auto Museum in Volvo Illinois, Little Bastard vanished without a trace.
The curse continued when the “Little Bastard” was being transported when the truck carrying the car lost control which caused the driver to fall out and somehow get crushed by the car after it.
The mishaps surrounding the car continued until 1960, when the Porsche was loaned out for a safety exhibit in Miami, Florida. When the exhibit was over, the wreckage, en route to Los Angeles on a truck, mysteriously vanished. To this day, the “Little Bastard’s” whereabouts are unknown. Sources: AMC’s Hollywood Ghost Stories television special
James Dean’s ‘Little Bastard’ Missing Porsche May Have Just Been Found.. After Dean’s death in the car, it broke a mechanic’s leg, two men who purchased parts from the vehicle wrecked the.
Subsequent to this, Barris sold the Little Bastard’s engine to Dr. Troy McHenry for use in his Lotus, and the transaxle to Dr. Willaim Eschrid for use in his custom race car. Both doctors entered their cars fitted with the parts from the Little Bastard in a race at the Pomona Fairgrounds on October 24, 1956.
The Curse of Little Bastard. Little Bastard may have vanished, but it seemed the car was still causing trouble. In his 1974 book Cars of the Stars, Barris claimed that Little Bastard’s parts had cursed the cars they were used in, having been involved in numerous accidents resulting in serious injuries and death to both drivers and spectators.
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