Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Porsche 550 Spyder James Dean

Dean's 550 was customized by George Barris, who would go on to design the Batmobile. Dean's Porsche was numbered 130 at the front, side and back. The car had a tartan on the seating and two red stripes at the rear of its wheelwell. The car was given the nickname 'Little Bastard' by Bill Hickman, his language coach on Giant. Dean asked custom car painter and pin striper Dean Jeffries to paint Little Bastard on the car.When Dean introduced himself to Alec Guinness outside a restaurant, he asked him to take a look at the Spyder. Guinness thought the car appeared 'sinister' and told Dean: 'If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week.' This encounter took place on September 23, 1955, seven days before Dean's death.

This isn't the same car that James Dean owned, but it is a real Porsche 550 Spyder.

1 comment:

  1. Great posting. That car is very well detailed, but it Is in fact a replica. Many hours have been put into the car especially the interior but it is not a real one. No shame in driving a well detailed replica I myself have one, they feature a very authentic experience without the fear of damaging a priceless piece of history. (many owners of original spyders own replicas to drive and enjoy on the street) The major giveaway is the location of the hand brake in relation to the gear shift. and I am not sure what all those dials are where the original car would have a row of fuses.