"If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week."
After Dean's death, his wrecked Porsche was sold to George Barris -- the one who did all of the car's custom work -- for $2,500. Not long after the sale, James Dean's cursed Little Bastard slipped off the trailer on which it was parked and broke a mechanic's leg. Barris sold parts from Dean's car to two other auto racers. Troy McHenry bought the engine and William Eschrid purchased the drivetrain. At some point after the purchase, the two competitors were racing against one another -- in cars with Little Bastard's parts -- when the curse of James Dean's Porsche reared its head once again. McHenry lost control of his vehicle, hit a tree, and died instantly, while Eschrid's car locked up going into a turn, causing him to roll over. He was seriously injured, but he at least made it out alive.
The legend of James Dean's cursed car continues with two thieves attempting to steal parts from it. According to Jalopnik, one of them had his arm torn open trying to steal the steering wheel, while the other was hurt trying to remove one of the bloodstained seats. Eventually, Barris loaned Dean's Porsche out to California Highway Patrol to be used as a highway safety exhibit. When the garage that housed Dean's car burned down and Little Bastard was mysteriously unharmed, the legend of James Dean's cursed car grew. When the Spyder was later exhibited at a local high school, it fell off its display and broke a student's hip. Later, during transport, the truck driver carrying the cursed wreck lost control of his truck, was thrown from the vehicle, and was crushed to death when Little Bastard fell off the back and landed on him. When the CHP had finally decided they'd had enough with James Dean's car, they sent it packing back to Barris, however, it never reached its destination, and somehow went missing along the way, never to be heard from again.