Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    George Barris' Replica of "Little Bastard," James Dean's Race Car Used in the Film James Dean: Race with Destiny. Heritage Galleries proudly offers one of the most evocatively tragic and glamorously eerie items in its history - George Barris' recreation of "Little Bastard," James Dean's legendary race car. From the beginning, Barris was a player in what has entered pop culture as "the Curse of Little Bastard."

    The back-story is chilling. In September of 1955, "King of Kustomizers" Barris, at the request of Dean, painted racing stripes, number 130 and the words "Little Bastard" (Dean's nickname on the set of Giant) on the actor's new Porsche 550 Spyder. The car strangely seemed to have its own evil essence. Actresses Ursula Andress and Eartha Kitt sensed it. So did Sir Alec Guinness, who called the car "sinister" and prophesied to Dean that if he insisted on driving it, the young star would be dead in it within a week. Seven days later, September 30, Dean having completed Giant the previous day, took off in the Spyder with mechanic Rolf Wutherich for a race in Salinas. Late in the day, at the fork of highway 41 and 466, Dean crashed into a 1950 Ford. Wutherich, thrown from the car, survived with a broken jaw; Dean, caught in the car, suffered a broken neck and was dead-on-arrival at a Paso Robles hospital. George Barris and his partner Tanner Productions obtained the ruins of "Little Bastard," which seemed to have an enchanted afterlife. The wreckage survived a garage fire that incinerated everything else, fell off transporting trucks, allegedly caused injuries - hence "the Curse of Little Bastard." In 1960, en route back to Barris after a car show, "Little Bastard" mysteriously disappeared, leaving only its bizarre legend.

    Fast forward 37 years, and George Barris, himself now a legend after designing such sleek creations as the 1966 Batmob

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2008
    5th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 8,218

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 May 3 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Beverly Hills.

    Learn about consigning with us

    And Good Golly! What an amazing catalog for Stallone The Auction! This looks like something from the likes of Donald Trump -- huge, terrific, First Class, amazing, better than exceptional.
    Edgar V. ,
    Falls Church, VA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 20 - 21 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 July 20 - 21 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,877,783