Have you heard the odd and uncanny stories surrounding James Dean’s last sports car?
The story goes that James had just received this brand new Porsche 550 Spyder, which he nicknamed “Little Bastard,” and was testing it out on his way to some car races in Salinas, California.
While traveling at a speed of 85 mph, James had a collision with another vehicle. And as many of us know, James didn’t make it. He died on September 30, 1955.
But what happened to the Little Bastard?
The wreckage of the Spyder was acquired by Dr. William F. Eschrich. But he only wanted the internal mechanical parts for other race cars.
Decades later, some people are wondering if it’s a coincidence that some of the cars that received the Little Bastard’s parts were involved in numerous misfortunes, injuries and even death.
Cursed or Coincidence?
There are a number of stories regarding these misfortunes, leading to the notion that the vehicle was cursed.
One such story reportedly happened before the accident that cost Dean his life.
After showing his new car to actor Alec Guinness, he reportedly told Dean his car had a “sinister” look to it, and that if he gets in that car, he’ll be found dead in it by next week.
Unfortunately, he was right.
And remember Eschrich, who initially bought the vehicle for its internal parts? He and a friend, Troy McHenry, later used the parts of the wrecked car in their own race cars before putting them to the test in a friendly race.
Sadly, during the race, McHenry lost control and hit a tree. He died instantly. Eschrich himself was injured in the race when his car locked up and flipped over as he was going into a turn.
And this is just a couple of the numerous accounts lending to the possibility of a cursed vehicle.
Vanished…Without a Trace?
So where is this cursed car now? The crazy thing is nobody knows.
After the unfortunate accident, the wreckage of Little Bastard was showcased at many events across the country, and legend has it that sometime during its cross-country trek, the car disappeared. And to this day, the car has not been found.
Is anyone else feeling a bit spooked right now?
Well, at least you can rest assured that none of the new and used vehicles for sale at Bryant Motors are cursed! If you’re looking to buy or shop around, stop by and visit us in Sedalia, MO, or browse our online inventory.