In 1955 James Dean was one of Hollywood's biggest stars. His role in Rebel Without a Cause made him an icon to America's teenagers, and he had just finished shooting Giant, which many critics would later call his best film. To celebrate the end of shooting, Dean jumped back into a favorite pastime, one he had been banned from doing while shooting the movie: car racing.
The lead-footed Dean was something of an adrenaline junkie, and he'd been ticketed multiple times for speeding.
Just before his death in September, Dean bought a Porsche 550 Spyder sports car, not knowing he might have already sealed his fate.
Less than a week before his death, Dean showed the car off to actor Alec Guinness, who later played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. He had customized his ride with swanky tartan seats, racing stripes, the number "130" painted on the hood and a few other touches. Guinness said the car gave him a "sinister" vibe, and left the young actor with a warning.
"If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week," Guinness predicted. It turned out the actor was right, because dean flipped his Porsche and died exactly 7 days later.
If the story ended there it would just be tragic, but the 130 car had more in store for its next owners.
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