James Dean’s Rides

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When he died in 1955 at the age of 24 in a car crash, James Dean was mourned by millions of fans throughout the world. Despite only making three films – all of them for Warner Bros. – Dean became one of Hollywood’s most spectacular stars, and almost 60 years later still remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination.

On 28th October, 2013, Warner Home Video will release East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (a George Stevens production), on remastered Blu-ray™ as the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition – a limited and numbered six-disc set that boasts three feature-length documentaries about Dean’s life including James Dean Forever Young, narrated by Martin Sheen; American Masters James Dean Sense Memories and George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey. Packaged in a double-wide gift set, the collection also contains a 48-page photo book with behind-the-scene images and rare insight into each film.

To celebrate, we’ve taken a look at Dean’s obsession with cars, focussing on the classic cars and motorbikes he drove and rode both on and off screen.


Owned cars

In 1949, Jimmy’s father bought him a used ’39 Chevy.

In 1954 hen Dean got the part in “East of Eden”, he bought himself a red race-prepared MG TD

White Ford Country Squire Woodie station wagon was owned by Dean after the MG TD

1955 Porsche356 Super Speeder was his “Everyday driver”


Filmed cars

1946 Ford Super De Luxe from “Rebel without a cause”

“Rebel without a cause” Classic black 1949 Mercury Coupe
1927 Roadster Pickup – from the movie “Giant”


Owned motorbikes

James Dean’s uncle Marcus bought him his first motorcycle, a 1947 Czech Whizzer

Harley Davidson

500cc Norton

Indian 500

British Triumph T-110, which had “Dean’s Dilemma” painted on the side.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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