Whether you believe in ghosts and paranormal activity or are enthralled and curious about such things, you should check out this list of five haunted cars that are too spooky to drive. If you so dare, take a ghoulish automotive journey this Halloween.
John F. Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine
Perhaps the most famous haunted car on this Halloween-themed list is President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine. He was fatally shot in the un-armored convertible during a trip to Dallas in 1963. What many might not realize is the vehicle was unusually kept in service for several years after President Kennedy’s death.
Later, the Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine was retired to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan, and visitors reported strange occurrences. This includes reports of a man in gray standing around the car and the feeling of a supernatural presence. Also, the sightings of the ghostly man increase around November, which coincides with the November 22 date of Kennedy’s assassination.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s Gräf & Stift Limousine
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip in 1914 is what instigated World War I, and his open-top 1910 Gräf & Stift limousine played a dubious role. It stalled outside a café, and then as he was walking out, Princip shot Ferdinand and his wife.
The bad luck with the Gräf & Stift limousine continued after the assassination. Allegedly, the haunted car caused thirteen deaths over the next 12 years, along with other misfortune. As detailed by BookMyGarage, this includes:
- A German military officer and two other people died in a crash.
- An Austrian General that drove the car spent the last days of his life in an insane asylum.
- A Romanian owner of the Gräf & Stift limousine lost control of it while driving to a wedding. He, along with his five passengers, died.
- A Swiss racecar driver rolled the vehicle.
The Gräf & Stift limousine is now on display at the War History Museum of Vienna. Despite its many fatal crashes, it looks remarkably unscathed.
Bonnie and Clyde’s 1934 Ford Model 40B Fordor Sedan
Another famous haunted car to check out this Halloween is Bonnie and Clyde’s 1934 Ford Model 40B Deluxe Fordor Sedan. Bonnie and Clyde are the notorious criminal couple that robbed banks and other venues during the Great Depression — and also committed murders and kidnappings.
Their run of lawlessness dramatically ended when police ambushed their Ford Fordor Sedan in Louisiana in 1934. The police unloaded their guns, and a hail of bullets quickly killed Bonnie and Clyde.
The infamous bullet-ridden 1934 Ford Fordor classic car now resides in Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Nevada. Along with the spooky appearance of a car with so many bullet holes, many visitors reported experiencing a sense of uneasiness — as if they weren’t alone when near the car. Also, in some photos, there are ghostly-looking objects near the vehicle.
James Dean’s ‘Little Bastard’ Porsche 550 Spyder
In 1955, after seeing the Porsche 550 Spyder recently bought by James Dean, fellow actor Alec Guinness prophetically said to him, “You’ll be dead within a week if you get into that thing.” Exactly seven days later, Dean (also a racecar driver), and his mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, died after the sports car, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” slammed into the back of a Ford Tudor en route to a race in California.
The death toll from “Little Bastard” didn’t end there. William Eschrich bought the engine from the Porsche 550 Spyder, while Dr. McHenry purchased the drivetrain. In the same race, Eschrich was injured, and McHenry was killed. Additionally, the shell of the sports car caused injuries and death of multiple people, including when transported on the back of a truck and while on display in schools.
Furthermore, when on display in California to highlight the dangers of reckless driving, the garage housing “Little Bastard” burned down. However, the sports car survived the blaze with no damage. Additionally, when transported via truck, the Porsche 550 Spyder mysteriously disappeared, despite not having an engine. To this day, no one found the car.
‘Jumping Car of Capetown’
The “Jumping Car of Capetown” doesn’t have a famous celebrity associated with it. However, its tale is no less harrowing — and a good one to tell this Halloween. In 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa, a family woke up in the middle of the night to the roaring sound of the engine of their Renault Megane. Initially, the family was afraid that someone was stealing the car.
However, after running to their driveway, they didn’t find a car thief. Instead, they found their Renault Megane shockingly jumping. What’s more, no one was inside the vehicle.
The family then inspected the car. There were no keys in the ignition. Also, the handbrake was engaged. After that, they called the police. When the police arrived, the police assumed it was a practical joke. However, the engine then roared again, and the car jumped back into a tree.
In total, nine people witnessed the vehicle start and jump, including two police officers. While Renault thinks that a faulty starter motor caused the vehicle to jump, it’s not a certainty. The spookiness of the jumping car leads many to believe that it’s haunted, with a ghost behind the wheel.
That’s our list of five haunted cars that are too spooky to drive. Were these unusual and often fatal events the result of random misfortune — or caused by ghosts, spirits, or other paranormal activity?