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> James Dean's Car <

The whole world mourned the death of teen idol James Dean, who was killed in a car accident in 1955. At the time he was driving his brand new Porsche, despite the entreaties of his friend, the actor Alec Guiness, who had taken one horrified look at the vehicle and implored Dean never to drive it. Was the car curced? Certainly, events following Dean's death stretch the boundaries of coincidence to the limit.
Car enthusiast George Barris was the first to suffer the so-called jinx when his new purchase slipped from a tow-truck, breaking a mechanic's leg. Shortly afterwards he sold the engine to a amateur racing enthusiast who almost died when his car spun out of control during a competition. And another racing driver was actually killed when a pair of tyres previously fitted to the jinxed Porsche suffered simultaneous blow-outs.
Meanwhile, the damaged body of the car was taken on an ill-fated tour of California to promote road safety. First it slipped from its mountings in Sacramento, injuring a teenager's hip, then a man was killed during a pile-up which occurred while the car was being loaded on to the tour truck. The same truck later suffered brake failure and slammed into a shopfront while carrying the vehicle. Dean's car eventually broke into 11 pieces while on display, before mysteriously vanishing for ever on a train journey back to Los Angeles.

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