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This Friday theA�13th, we look atA�cars that becameA�infamous for theA�a�?deatha�� tagA�attached to them

SCENTS clinging to floor mats,A�imprints on leather seats, possessionsA�stowed away in the gloveA�box a�� cars retain memories in moreA�ways than we can imagine. PerhapsA�that is why when tragic, violent thingsA�happen inside a car, the blight remains
with it long after the incident. We listA�three cars that achieved notoriety forA�becoming the last rides of theirA�famous passengers.

War cry
The assassination that went on to become the immediate cause of WorldA�War I occurred when archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot inA�Sarajevo in a 1911 Graf & Stift open-top. Ironically, they were on their way toA�visit victims of a grenade attack theya��d averted earlier that day. The royalA�couple breathed their last after suffering bullet shots to the throat and abdomen.A�Even after it changed hands 15 times, the car was involved in six accidentsA�and 13 deaths, until it was submitted to the Museum of Military HistoryA�in Vienna, where it is still displayed.

deskIll-fated racer
An avid racer himself, the Rebel Without a Cause actor, James Dean, was onA�his way to a race in California when he lost control of the Porsche hea��d nicknamedA�a�?Little Bastarda��. Parts of the cara��s drive train were installed in anotherA�car in the same race, and both cars met with crashes, with one being fatal toA�the driver. Much like the Elder Wand from Harry Potter, the car left a bloodyA�trail everywhere it went. A fire burnt down the garage where it was displayed,A�leaving only Little Bastard unscathed. And every time it was in transit,A�it slipped off its carrier, crushing everything in its way. Finally, it mysteriously
disappeared off the flatbed that was carrying it to George Barris, a car customiserA�and friend to its original owner.

cars2Royal tragedy
In an attempt to evade paparazzi, theA�driver of the rented Mercedes-Benz S280A�W140 600 SEL carrying Lady Diana wasA�travelling at 105 kmph, when the car hitA�the wall of a tunnel in Paris. While theA�airbags for the front seats functionedA�normally, none of the occupants woreA�seat beltsa��a fact that has been cited as aA�reason for the severity of the injuries theA�Princess suffered. Disturbing reportsA�confirm how some photographers chasingA�the dark blue Mercedes even stoppedA�to photograph the mangled wreckage,A�which they allegedly caused.

a�� Team MotorScribes




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