James Dean's last car, the car he died in, was a Porsche Spyder named ‘Little Bastard.’ According to many, it's cursed.
James Dean was probably speeding when he wrecked his Porsche Spyder on a Californian highway. The sun was setting, causing glare, and another vehicle, a Ford, pulled out directly in front of him. The Porsche, nicknamed “Little Bastard,” was a write off. It rolled about 130 metres. Dean died, but his passenger, a German Porsche mechanic named Rolf Wütherich, survived after being thrown in a high arc and landing in a field.
After the young movie star’s fatal collision (Dean was only twenty-four when he died, and right at the start of a promising career) rumors grew that Little Bastard was cursed. After the accident, the Porsche crushed the legs of a mechanic when it rolled off the back of a truck. When salvageable parts were sold on and transplanted into other vehicles, those cars were subsequently involved in fatal collisions, too. Also, a truck moving Little Bastard’s chassis to a highway safety exhibition skidded off the road, killing the driver.
A further weird aspect to the story is the apparently cursed life of Rolf Wütherich. Having survived the Little Bastard crash with serious injuries, Wütherich went on to suffer terrible guilt over the accident. He made two suicide attempts through the Sixties, and finally stabbed his wife fourteen times in a failed murder/suicide. He died in a car accident in 1981.
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