In this article we will be taking a look at one of Hollywood’s most infamous supernatural tales – the James Dean Porsche curse. Was his beloved Porsche 550 Spyder doomed to take his life, and did it’s wrecked remains somehow manage to hold onto this paranormal curse?
Let’s take a closer look…
James Dean – The Little Bastard
A Hollywood icon that stood out from the crowd due to his rebelious nature…and his short and tragic life.
Dean was not exactly the most popular actor on the circuit – many of his fellow actors complained about his unexplainable mood swings and disruptive actions when on set. These actions eventually led to him being nicknamed ‘Little Bastard’ by his Hollywood peers.
Dean didn’t seem to mind, and even went as far as naming his Porsche 550 Spyder ‘Little Bastard’…and painting the name across the car’s bodywork.
Many famous Hollywood heads pointed out that there was something ‘wrong’ with this flashy car, right from the start…
Numerous actors, who were invited to try out the car, would not go anywhere near it. They complained about a dark aura that seemed to come off the car – something just wasn’t right with it.
Bond girl Ursula Andress is said to have refused to ever sit in it, even though he kept on inviting her to try it out. Alec Guinness apparently told Dean, straight to his face that “If you get in that car you will be found dead in it by this time next week.”
He was right – within a week Dean was dead, and his beloved car was nothing more than a tangled mess of metal.
James Dean was well known for having a deep love of fast cars. Warner Bros. film studios actually went as far as banning him from driving ANYTHING when he was filming the movie Giant.
On September the 30th, 1955, Dean and his mechanic headed out towards Salinas to drive the Spyder in a number of races. Police reports actually show that Dean managed to pick up a ticket for speeding at one point in the journey.
Shortly after receiving the ticket, Dean crashed his beloved car at an intersection…
He was killed instantly, at the age of 24.
The James Dean Spyder Curse
After the infamous crash, an unknown buyer purchased the doomed car and began selling various parts off it – like some sort of macabre Hollywood auction.
A pair of rich doctors decided to purchase various bits off the car, and add them to their own racing cars. Thirteen months after Dean died, the doctors raced their newly improved cars…
Only one doctor came out of the race alive.
There are also reports suggesting that the State Highway Patrol used the wreckage of Dean’s car on a tour around the country – to warn youngsters about the dangers of driving too fast.
During this tour, numerous members of the public complained about feeling dizzy and sick, whenever they got too close the wreckage.
Another urban legend states that a garage that held the car’s wreckage for a few weeks…burned to the ground. The only thing to survive the fire was the wreckage of the Porsche 550 Spyder.
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