A GENTLEMAN’S CHOICE OF VEHICLE SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE KIND OF MAN HE IS, A CAR CAN REFLECT CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY JUST AS MUST AS A WARDROBE. HOWEVER, SOMETIMES IT’S THE MAN THAT DEFINES THE CAR. SO WHETHER THEY HAVE BEEN DRIVEN BY MONSTERS, CRIMINALS OR STARS, THESE VINTAGE CARS OR SOME OF THE MOST INFAMOUS.
Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car
In America not many cars have gotten the attention of famous criminal couple’s vehicle the Infamous Death Car. At the end of their criminal spree the couple were ambushed in May 23, 1934 in Louisiana. While trying to escape from the gunfire behind their car the 1934 Ford Model 730 was peppered with over 100 rounds and each body is reported to have been hit around 25 times. The car now sites as an attraction in Las Vegas and is a heavily visited site.
Nucky’s 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
The personal ride of the Atlanta crime figure which inspired the smash HBO series Broad walk Empire, the timeless and elegant design of this beautiful machine was the perfect fit for the criminal figure who rode this classic. The personal ride for Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson, the Rolls at the time
was $14,000 making it approximately 630,226 USD in todays money. A car almost as famous as its owner, this model was the origin of Rolls-Royce famous claim that they made the best cars in the world. The ‘Silver Ghost’ title being coined by the press to match its quiet engine and aluminum paint job.
No car has quite been embodied the lifestyle of an icon more than James Deans ‘Little Bastard’. The Porsche 550 Spyder is infamous for been the car that killed the actor/racer, made even more potent by its apparently super natural and sinister agenda. In 1955 on 23 September, Dean visited actor Alec Guiness (obi wan Kenobi), Guiness if recorded to have said; “If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week.” Scarily he was absolute correct and Dean was killed while driving the car that week. However, perhaps what makes this vehicle so infamous is the string of deaths and accidents that have followed it through its life. No a cult icon, the car is most diffidently a Little Bastard.
The Kennedy Car
On November 22, 1963, the Lincoln 74A Model of 1961, became the most famous car to have anybody die in it. Regardless of who you think was responsible, John F Kennedy was assassinated while driving through Dallas Texas. The Lincoln was modified to meet the requirements of the secret service, however, was still not given a single plate of bullet proofing, not that tit would have done much good with the open top. After the assassination the vehicle actually remained in the possession of the Secret Service for may years and was still utilized to carry Presidential cargo, after much bulletproofing was added. However, the Lincoln is still a popular American classic to this day.
Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz 770
If the devil ever had to choose a car, we think it would be this one. No car has carried such untapped evil as Adolf Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz 770, somehow made even more sinister by the fact that Hitler didn’t know how to drive. The dictator was driven around in this vehicle chose for its imposing and commanding presence. Hitler had a fleet of five of these machines, specifically modified into an armor-plated monsters weighing in at five tons, with a mine proof floor and 4cm thick glass, bulletproof at the time. Its shining black paint can just be imagined transporting this most evil of tyrants, turning this vehicle into an omen and forever making it an iconic reminder of the most famous evil of the era.