In 1955, American actor turned race car driver James Dean went on what would be his final drive in his Porsche 550 Spyder. Despite the subsequent fatal crash that claimed the actor’s life, the Porsche named “Little Bastard” lived on, inexplicably linked to other fatal spooky events.
According to Hagerty, wherever this cursed car or any of its parts went, death somehow always followed. However, after several unfortunate events, this famous wreck disappeared. Over 60 years later, this infamous race car remains missing.
How did this cursed Porsche 550 Spyder crash in the first place?
This cursed Porsche 550 Spyder story begins as James Dean makes his way through California toward his next race. According to Hagerty, the original plan was to tow the race car to the race. However, Dean’s mechanic reportedly stated that a lengthy drive would help break-in the race car’s engine. Additionally, Dean could use this time to get better acquainted with his car.
Unfortunately, the Porsche 550 Spyder never made it to its final destination. Hagerty reports that Dean managed to receive several tickets behind the wheel of “Little Bastard” during this trip. Later in the day, Hagerty reports that Dean was moving at 85 mph along Route 46 when he struck a Ford Tudor that made a last-minute turn on Route 41.
According to Hagerty, the collision ejected Dean’s mechanic out of the Porsche, although he managed to survive. However, Dean passed away as a result of the crash. Following this unfortunate incident, Dean’s insurance company took ownership of the wrecked Porsche 550 Spyder.
This crashed Porsche reportedly kept killing after its first crash
Following this tragic incident, the Porsche 550 Spyder ended up in a salvage yard in Burbank, California. At this point, a man named Dr. Willian Eschrich purchased the wrecked race car with hopes of reusing some of its parts.
Hagerty reports that Eschrich installed the crashed car’s engine into his Lotus race car. Additionally, Eschrich let a fellow racer named Troy McHenry utilize the car’s transmission and suspension. Unfortunately, both of these men suffered severe injuries while utilizing the Porsche’s parts. In fact, McHenry tragically passed away after hitting a tree during a race in 1956.
According to Drivetribe, a man named George Barris then bought the remaining wrecked Porsche 550 Spyder with hopes of restoring it. However, unconfirmed reports state that the wreck mysteriously slipped during transport, breaking a mechanic’s leg in the process. From there, the car’s history becomes difficult to trace. However, several rumors suggest that other deaths might be linked to this wreck.
However, in 1960, the car vanished while it was being transported from Miami to LA.
Where is this mysterious wreck now?
It’s been over 60 years since anyone has seen this wrecked Porsche 550 Spyder. As a result, there are plenty of rumors speculating what actually happened to it. According to The Drive, since various reports claim it vanished en route to LA, the wreck may still exist as a whole.
However, while someone offered $1 million for information surrounding its whereabouts in 2005, no one has come forth with any credible data. As a result, this cursed race car is likely the undiscovered barn find of the century.