History’s Most Famous Vehicles… Where They Are Now

We all remember our first car and how wonderful it was to finally have the freedom to drive without depending on our parents to get us around. If you’re like me, you sometimes wonder what happened to my first car? While I may never know where my first car is, an ’88 Buick LeSabre, I also sometimes wonder what happened to famous cars in history and TV? Some remain a mystery or were destroyed so no one could ever use them again, but here are 10 famous vehicles and where they are now.

 

10) Batmobile

While there are many famous TV vehicles, none are more famous than the original Batmobile. It’s estimated the car is worth more than $1 million and was famously used during the original Batman TV series. It was custom built by George Barris, who created other famous Hollywood cars such as the Gran Torino for Starsky and Hutch. The Batmobile currently resides with its original owner, George Barris, in a garage in North Hollywood, Calif.

 

9) Doc Brown’s DeLorean

Arguably one of the most famous cars in movie history. Doc Brown’s DeLorean entered our hearts in 1985 with “Back to the Future.” It has travelled to the Old West in 1885 and to the future of 2015 before ending its time traveling ways. Six were made for the movie and one is resting at Universal Studios. The others are in private ownership with one selling for $541 thousand this past October.

 

8) Elvis’ Pink Cadillac

After exploding in the music scene, Elvis got himself a pink 1954 Cadillac that he drove until it was destroyed in a roadside fire on June 5, 2955. Loving his pink Cadillac, Elvis bought a Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 in blue and black and repainted it pink. Having mentioned a Pink Cadillac in the song Baby, Let’s Play House, the first song recorded by Elvis to appear on a national chart, Elvis gave his Cadillac to his mother. The car passed through several of Elvis’ friends hands until it took its final place in Graceland’s auto museum. The last time the Cadillac was brought to the from driveway of Graceland was in June 2006, during the visit of President George W. Bush and Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi.

 

7) Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car

Known as the Warren car, outlaws Bonnie and Clyde died famously in a shootout in the 1934 Ford Fordor Deluxe Sedan as they were ambushed in rural Louisiana. While the vehicle is laden with bullets, it still appears to be in great shape and is said to even still have blood in it. The car can be found at Terrible’s Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort in Verdi, Nev.

 

6) James Dean’s 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Actor James Dean loved to speed and on Sept. 30, 1955 Dean was out speeding in the silver Porsche near Bakersfield, Calif., on what is now State Route 46 when he collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor driven by a young man with the unlikely name of Donald Turnupseed. The latter survived; Dean, then 24, didn’t.

After Dean’s death the remains of the Porsche were bought by car customizer George Barris for $2,500. Parts of the car were sold off, and the car is believed to be jinxed. The driver whose car had the engine installed crashed fatally. Others suffered serious injuries loading and unloading the car, and one died. The car eventually disappeared from a truck in 1960.

 

5) Archduke Ferdinand’s Assassination Limo

As the heir to the throne of the tottering Austro-Hungarian empire, Archduke Ferdinand made a trip to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where several assassination attempts took place before Serbian nationalists finally killed Ferdinand. As a result – along with some other factors – World War I began, which took more than 20 million lives. After Ferdinand’s death, Ferdinand’s 1911 Gräf & Stift Double Phaeton was sent straight to Vienna’s Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, where it currently sits.

 

4) Princess Diana’s Mercedes

Although the U.S. hasn’t been apart of the British crown since the 1770s, many people in the country still follow the royal family religiously. Many were shocked when Princess Diana died in August 1997 when the Mercedes she was crashed in a Parisian tunnel while fleeing from paparazzi. After the crash, the Mercedes went to both U.K. and French authorities to determine the cause of death. U.K. authorities still have the car and refuse to let anyone have it, even the owner Mercedes, Jean-Francois Musa of the Etoile Limousine company, which rented the car to Diana.

3) John F Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental X100

While the Lincoln Continental was known as a luxury touring car of the 1960s, this specific car is more famous for being the vehicle that President Kennedy sat in during his assassination. After some customization with bullet proof windows and some other fixes, the Continental was put back into service and was used by Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford until it was finally returned to its owners, Ford Motor Company, in 1977. You see Ford rented the Continental to the White House for $500 a year at the time, Now, the Continental can be found at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

 

2) Rosa Parks’ Bus

For about 30 years, Bus #2857 sat in a farmer’s field until The Henry Ford Museum heard the bus was still around. After some detective work to verify the bus was that of the one Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on, Ford bought the bus and brought it to the Henry Ford Museum, where it was restored and put on display. The bus has only left the museum once, on Nov. 1, 2005 for Rosa Parks’ Memorial Service.

 

1) James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Throughout the years, James Bond’s car has driven everything from an Audi to a BMW, but it’s the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that is the most famous Bond car. Featured in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” the DB5 was the first official Bond car and featured all the gadgets we expect from Bond cars. For the movies, Aston Martin provided two cars, one with all the gadgets for effects and one normal DB5. In 1997, the DB5 with all the gadgets was stolen from a airplane hanger in Florida and has not been seen since. The other DB5 currently resides in Harry Yeaggy’s private Ohio car museum, which he bought for $4.1 million in 2010.

 

 

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