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History Check this out..Crazy James Dean Death Car.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Germ, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Germ
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,255


    This is the real shipping receipt for the missing pieces of the James Dean Death car. Leroy Gonzalez was the show promoter for the Tampa Auto Show.
    Tampa was the last place the car was seen.
    The pieces of the James Dean car were supposedly sent to Tucson Arizona for the next showing of that Dean Death Car.
    They say that they never arrived to Arizona The promotor said he shipped it..
    Here is some proof that the car was probably shipped from Florida. IMG_20181106_180151.jpg IMG_20181106_180011.jpg IMG_20181106_175837.jpg this is a signed letter by Leroy Gonzalez stating the contract on the rental of the death car and another letter stating that a check would be sent.. The check from the Auto Show bounced.. IMG_20181106_180401.jpg this is the slip that proves that Leroy's check was no good.. IMG_20181106_182649.jpg this is an original photo an 8X10 that I purchased from another collector showing the death car on display.

    Have a great day.
    Keep collecting history and doing the research to uncover the truth..
  2. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,763

    from Nebraska

    Thanks for sharing this. It's amazing this documentation still exists after 60 years!
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  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,059


    Interesting but sad to see that some promoter wanted the car at a show as a draw to get spectators in. I read somewhere maybe 40 years ago that girls and young women were using nail files or whatever to pry chips of paint off the car as souvenirs when it was displayed like that.
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  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,769


    wow-you have access to some wild stuff. Thanks for posting

  5. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,215


    Dark History but similar to today with the current crisis...death can effect anyone...status bears no mercy

    It was a shock to the masses at the time...which was in fact my birth year.

    I have pasted a link below about James Dean and I actually checked that out to verify when he met his misfortune...1955

    So this display was many years later...many here like myself did not live through his magnetism of those who were of that time...

    Thanks for sharing @Germ
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2020
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  6. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,215


    I was born in 60...but evidenced in history prior, especially with Hotrodders and Speeding and death many times being what it was this was a Graphic display much like many of the others over the years...

    Shock and Awe and having this being an Icon rather than Joe nobody may have been the motive to drive that message home rather than raking in dollars...just another way of looking at things...despite controversy over what happened that day as like Marilyn things seem to be mired in controversy.

    RIP James Dean
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2020
  7. People have been paying to see the Bonnie and Clyde death car for years..........all 15 of them!:eek:
  8. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,782


    Wow, that´s some interesting history !
  9. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


    "Carrier not responsible for any damage"...How would you know??
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  10. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,275

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    I saw one Bonny and Clyde car that had been painted after it was shot. Probably the real one.
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  11. ...........Anything is possible.:D
  12. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,388

    from oregon

    Five Four Three Two One.
  13. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,210


    I heard that the car went to the same people as the original Captain America Easy Rider bike
  14. The only reason I called Ryan's attention was over the years he has expressed interest in the car. He has tracked it and if I'm not mistaken at one point he knew where it was.
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  15. pecker head
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 3,912

    pecker head

    I thought the James Dean Car was in Oklahoma. Do a search.
  16. Chevy Gasser
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 701

    Chevy Gasser

    Sounds like the build up to a cable show special investigation.
  17. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,679

    Staff Member

    Some Trivia on that very unfortunate crash the resulted in James Dean's Death...

    Bill Hickman was first to arrive on the seen very shortly after the crash to come to the rescue of his friends James Dean and German Porsche mechanic Rolf Wütherich who was badly injured but survived.

    Who's Bill Hickman ?

    Probably one of the most famous stunt car drivers, that few know of but have watched "the" greatest car chase of all time movie a hundred times.

    Bill Hickman drove the Black 68 Charger in the Movie Bullit.

    Bill was also the stunt driver in the French Connection and Seven-UPS.
  18. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    You mean the incomparable Bill Hickman, also the stunt driver in "The French Connection", and other films as well. He also did a little acting, as in "The Seven Ups". PS, he also did some driving in that one as well.
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  19. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
    Posts: 2,020

    Nicholas Coe

    So was it stolen? Still around or still a great mystery?

    Sent from my Pixel 3a XL using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  20. mopacltd
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 934


    The plot thickens!
  21. Germ
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,255


    Ryan knew where it was?
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  22. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,685

    from Ks

    And we await the answer. I think a secret is involved here. Which is fine. I belonged to the Knights of the mystic sea lodge so I understand secrets. :D
  23. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,289


    Wasn't there a Porsche in Ryan's recent garage tour video?
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  24. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,545


    I believe I saw it in the garage as well..
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 1,032


    James Dean a movie actor, probably took Drama classes in high school while the rest of you guys took shop courses. I don't understand the what is the big deal over him is with you guys. In the movies he was only pretending to be a tough guy, in reality, another over-paid, pamper Hollywood actor, who could shift and steer a high price sports car. Just think, if he only went in the other direction, around that Ford, and not into it, he might of made it to AG, as someone's father.
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  26. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,813


    That's it! I'm calling the "Physic Hotline". I'll get some REAL answers.;)
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  27. You guys do know that Zak Bagan recently bought the rear trans-axle from the Dean Porsche for $ 382000 :rolleyes: to display in his haunted house museum o_O in Las Vegas. It,s on the internet soooooo,
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