The Most Infamous Cars in History

“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” These cars didn’t want to become bad guys. No one does. Sometimes, we are simply victims of the circumstances we are given. In this case, these cars became known for carting around some of history’s (both real and fictional) most villainous characters. In other cases, cars are remembered for being used as a getaway car, or just being around during a tragic incident. No matter how you slice it, some cars are just infamous.

1993 Ford Bronco

In perhaps the slowest police chase in modern history, OJ Simpson attempted to flee from police on June 17, 1994 after being accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.  With 20 police cars and 20 helicopters on OJ and his driver’s tails, OJ held a gun to his own head, threatening to kill himself. The chase lasted about an hour until the Bronco made it into Simpson’s own driveway. The media hype surrounding the chase was only the beginning of what would become the “Trial of the Century.”

1934 Ford Model 730 Deluxe Sedan

A car that has earned the nickname “death car” deserves to live on in infamy. In early 1934, Bonnie and Clyde terrorized the Midwest by going on a crime spree, murdering at least nine police officers and several civilians. By May of 1934, police had finally organized an ambush against the duo and lured the two down a rural road in Louisiana. As the car approached, police officers immediately began firing into the vehicle. It’s reported that both Bonnie and Clyde were shot over 25 times each. The car is now displayed inside a Nevada casino, where visitors can see the car where the infamous crime duo met their demise.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

James “Jimmy” Dean was set to become the next big-thing in Hollywood. His first three movies were instant classics such as East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause. His future was bright and full of promise until September 30, 1955, when Dean died in a head-on collision with another driver while he was driving his custom 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder.

1928 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan

There was nothing casual about the man himself, so it should come as no surprise that Al Capone’s car was just as flashy as he was. It was the first car ever customized to be fully armored and bulletproof, for obvious reasons.  It’s capability to speed up to 110 mph allowed for quick getaways, and a first-of-its-kind police scanner enabled Capone to eavesdrop on police activity. This car was so secure that former President Franklin D. Roosevelt used it while his own armored car was being built.

1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X

Unfortunately, this car makes this list because of the part it played in one of America’s greatest tragedies – the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. The Presidential Election of 1960 was one of the closest in American history, but it ended with Massachusetts senator JFK becoming the youngest person and first Catholic ever to be elected president. In the fall of 1963, JFK was shot in the head while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX.

We hope that none of our readers’ cars eventually live on in infamy, and we do not endorse or recommend that anyone participate in an organized crime spree. It’s better to be safe now than to be sorry later. Getting auto insurance is one of the best ways to make sure you’re staying safe on the road. Good2Go provides minimum coverage, low-cost auto insurance. For a free, no obligation quote, visit today!

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