Famous Death Cars and Where They Are Now

Every day, approximately 3,700 people across the planet die in vehicle crashes, making auto accidents the 4th most common cause of death. Of course, we’re more likely to take notice when one of those people happens to be a celebrity. People all over the world were shocked and saddened when actress Jayne Mansfield was killed when the 1966 Buick Electra (pictured above) she was riding in slammed into the back of tractor-trailer, but her death was just one of numerous celebrity deaths that have occurred as the result of an auto accident. While we ponder the deaths of famous people who have died too soon because of traffic accidents, we also wonder whatever happened to the cars in which they died. In some cases, the fate of the vehicle isn’t clear, but here are a few death cars whose locations are known.


Although Scotland Yard announced in 2002 that the Mercedes S-280 that Princess Diana was riding at the time of her death would be destroyed, it continues to sit in a police compound in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, 10 miles southeast of Paris. The wreckage is hidden in a shipping container that’s encircled by weeds and dense shrubbery.

The 1962 Lincoln Continental in which President John F. Kennedy was riding when he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 was given a $500,000 redesign, complete with bulletproof glass and a new paint job, and was used by Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter before it was retired in 1977. Today it’s on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

The whereabouts of James Dean's 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder are a bit of a mystery. Rumor has it that it was stripped of its parts and they were sold to Dr. William Eschrich, who kept the engine and sold the remainder of the parts to a fellow racer named Troy McHenry, who died in a crash after using the parts from Dean’s car. Among those parts was a transaxle, which sold in 2021 for a whopping $382,000, eventually ending up in a museum.

Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-riddled 1934 Ford Deluxe Fodor was towed to Arcadia, Louisiana, where souvenir hunters broke off shards of glass and tried to steal its parts. The sheriff finally put it behind a fence, but a federal judge ruled that the car had to be returned to its original owners. Today, the car is on exhibit at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, Nevada.