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The haunting story of James Dean’s Little Bastard

James Dean’s career as an actor and racer was cut tragically short on September 30, 1955, when his “Little Bastard” Porsche 550 Spyder was involved in a catastrophic collision on the way to a race meeting. Dean was killed instantly, but Little Bastard would go on to cause considerably more trouble. Read the full article on


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Are we certain the motor went into a Lotus IX? That was a front engine car set up for an inline 4 cylinder. It would be difficult to put the wide 4-cam Porsche into that narrow frame. What transmission could be coupled to it? We've seen Porsche motors in rear engine Coopers (i.e. Pooper), that would make far more sense.

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