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Transaxle from James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder sells for $387,000 | Hagerty Media

Yes, it's a bit macabre. It's also an incredible piece of automotive and pop culture history. So in a strange way it isn't surprising that the four-speed transaxle from James Dean's 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder-the car he was driving when he was killed on September 30, 1955-sold for a stunning $387,000 on Bring a Trailer last weekend (including fees).
https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/transaxle-from-james-deans-porsche-550-spyder-sells-for-387000/
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DougL
Intermediate Driver

Wow, used VW parts are more valuable than I thought!
br427
Intermediate Driver

Imagine what the car would go fo if it ever surfaced.
SamAdamsPaleAle
Advanced Driver

As much as I love the story and legends surrounding the little **bleep** and James Dean, @BrentF makes a good point. Almost no one under the age of 30 knows who James Dean is, and most people probably don't care tbh. Still cool memorabilia, just wondering when the rest of the car will surface. 

hunter4masonry
Pit Crew

Fascinating . Given that many of James era are now dead or soon will be , will anyone of this generation care about him or his Trans axel ?
Kyote
New Driver

And let’s not forget to mention that the lettering of “130” and “Little **bleep**” on the car was done by another Dean back in the day - Dean Jeffries.
Gary_Bechtold
Technician

Cool part but ridiculous price. A fool and his money are soon parted?