The James Dean Cursed Car

The James Dean Cursed Car

This article will be taking a closer look at the infamous James Dean cursed car, which he died in. Did the famous Hollywood actor somehow manage to bestow a sinister curse on his beloved Porsche 550 Spyder?

Let’s take a closer look…

The Rebel

James Dean managed to stand out from the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood actors due to the fact that his career was short, and his special link to rebellion and non-conformity.

Dean was not exactly ‘well liked’ by his Hollywood peers – he was often disruptive on set and went into dark, unexplainable mood swings. Before long, the Hollywood elite came up with a nickname for the young actor – Little Bastard.

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Dean seemed to take to this personal moniker, and ended up having it sprayed onto his Porsche 550 Spyder – a top of the range car he bought during the filming his 3rd and final film Giant.

The car had a strange aura surrounding it, and many Hollywood workers refused to go anywhere near it. Bond girl Ursula Andress is said to have refused to ever sit in it. Legendary British actor Alec Guinness even went as far as telling Dean that “If you get in that car you will be found dead in it by this time next week.”

Dean didn’t listen to him, and a week later died in the car on his way to Salinas, California.


James Dean was well known for having a fascination with fast cars – so much so, that Warner Brothers Studios had forbid him from driving when he was filming Giant

Dean was also known for having a morbid fascination with witchcraft and the Macabre. He apparently told those closest to him, on several occasions, that he was destined to die young.

On September the 30th, 1955, Dean and his mechanic headed out towards Salinas to drive the Spyder in a number of races. At one point in the journey, Dean was pulled over and given a ticket for speeding (no surprise there!).

Hours later Dean crashed the car at an intersection – he died from his injuries on impact.

He was just 24.

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The Curse

An unnamed man apparently purchased the wreckage of Dean’s Spyder, and proceeded to make money selling off various parts of it.

Two doctors, who liked to race in their spare time, bought various items off the car. They eventually took part in a race against each other 13 months after Dean died, and both had accidents in that race.

One of the doctors managed to get away with just serious injuries…the other died.

There are also claims that the State Highway Patrol used the wreckage of Dean’s car to promote safe driving speeds around the country. Apparently, numerous individuals, who stole parts of the car at these ‘demonstrations’, met grizzly and untimely ends.

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On one occasion a garage holding the wreckage apparently caught fire. Everything in the garage was destroyed…but the sinister car somehow survived.

The wreckage finally disappeared, although the rumors linked to it did not…

One man claims to have got hold of two of surviving wheels from the Spyder…and was nearly killed once he had fitted them to his car.

Another man claims to have got hold of various ‘legit’ parts of the Spyder online, and has fitted them into a Spyder he has collected. This man is apparently fully aware of the curse, and has never managed to build up enough courage to drive his car.

Sounds like a sensible guy!

The spirit of James Dean is frequently spotted on the highway he died on – do you think his apparition is linked to the so-called curse on his beloved car?

Please leave you thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

10 thoughts on “The James Dean Cursed Car

  1. Fascinating story! I knew about James Dean, of course, but didn’t realize there was a curse attached to his car. I would think that his ghost has little to do with it because it appears to be stuck on the spot where he died. Supposedly, ghosts attach to a place or an item, but not both. So if he’s showing up on the highway, I bet his car has something else going on. That being said, I imagine James Dean isn’t the only guy to have died at that intersection over the years, so maybe the ghost is actually another victim. Who knows?

  2. James Byron Dean, what a legend he was! And such a time to lose such a talented, yet troubled actor. He always loved sports cars so it made sense for him to buy a top of the range sports car like the Porsche 550 Spyder, he also owned a Triumph Tiger T110 and a Porsche 356, amongst other awesome cars.

    I knew he died at an intersection in his Spyder but had no idea he was given a speeding ticket just hours before, that was typical of him, wasn’t big, lol.

    The more I read through your post the more I am learning about this movie legend, especially the fact that he had an obsession with witchcraft, weird!

    I really don’t believe the car is cursed, or even parts of it, I just think it’s a coincidence, to be honest.

    Has there really been many people who have seen his spirit on the highway where the passed away?

  3. Wow this was quite the read!! I’ll just say this, I don’t believe in curses but after reading this, I might have to reconsider my chain of thought. Also the fact that many people who entered or drove the car died just proves the fact that the car is truly cursed and should be locked away in a safe and secure location.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I Truly appreciate your content since I’m into the paranormal as well. I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of your content! 

    1. Hi there, 

      So you say you’re into the paranormal…but you don’t believe in curses. Don’t you feel that curses are actually paranormal? 🙂

  4. I think this is a great site. I just love this kind of stuff. I’m not sure where they get their information but I;m sure they do a heck of a lot of research and probably have real good source for their material. You can be sure of one thing I will be revisiting this site again. Oh and I have a lot of questions but they will have to wait for another time. I am in a critical position and have to get back to my immediate problem.

  5. So eerie and fascinating at the same time! I never realized Dean was such a non-conformist, let alone into witchcraft. And it seems like so many of the celebrities we know and love were also super unagreeable on set. I 😭 Do you have any theories on why he was in such bad spirits constantly?

    1. Not really Kylie – it’s one of those mysteries at the end of the day. Some people just go through life being reasonably unhappy I’m afraid…

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