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Where Are Our Historical Vehicles?

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On: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:50PM | By: Karen Cook

Where Are Our Historical Vehicles?

Automobiles are part of our collective history. Things happen to cars and the people in them which give them a special place in our hearts and minds. Even tragedies lend an air of mystery to the vehicle involved and, as a society, we seek to preserve them. So, what has happened to the various historical vehicles and where are they now?*

Bonnie and Clyde, two of the most infamous criminals in recent history, were finally shot to death in Louisiana after a lengthy crime spree. They were inside a 1934 Ford Fordor Deluxe Sedan at the time. The car is still around and still full of bullet holes. If you can look around that, the car still looks pretty good. It is rumored to still have blood inside. Its last reported home was Terrible’s Gold Ranch Casino & RV Resort in Verdi, Nevada.

Heartthrob James Dean drove a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder at terribly unsafe speeds until he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor. He died in the crash and the remains of the vehicle were bought by George Barris who sold most of the parts. The car was believed to be cursed and legend has it that the men who loaded and unloaded the vehicle suffered serious injuries. One even died. The man who bought the engine died in a fatal crash soon after it was installed. The Porsche was lost from a truck in 1960 and remains missing today.

The Mercedes that Princess Diana died in was initially sent to France and the UK for investigations and ended up with the British government who reportedly will not release it back to the limousine rental company who owns it.

One of the most iconic automobiles in recent history has to be the Lincoln Continental carrying John F Kennedy when he was shot. The first assassination ever to be televised live, the country watched in horror as the tragedy unfolded. Even though Kennedy’s service ended that day in November, the Lincoln served on. It was updated with bullet-proof windows and used by Johnson, Nixon, and Ford before finally retiring in 1977. The car still belonged to the Ford Motor Company and had been rented to the government for $500 a year. It now resides in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

*All information is current to the best knowledge of the author at the time of the writing.

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