Some cars found themselves at the center of historical events. Take a look back at some of the more memorable cars that played a part in history.
Infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died in a Ford V8 on May 23, 1934 in Louisiana when officers fired at the car in an effort to stop the pair. The officers were said to have fired about 130 rounds at the car.
Actor James Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder when he was killed in a head-on collision on Sept. 30, 1955.
President John F. Kennedy was riding in a Midnight Blue 1961 Lincoln when he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. The car had its own Secret Service code name, “SS 100X.”
In 1969, Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy was involved in an accident in which the Oldsmobile limousine he was driving went off the bridge between Chappaquiddick and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The female passenger in the car, Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
Princess Grace died in a Sept. 14, 1982 car accident when the Rover P6 she was driving fell 45 feet. It is said she suffered a stroke and that’s what caused the accident, but there is still speculation as to what actually happened.
On June 17, 1994 former NFL player O.J. Simpson, who rode in a white Ford Bronco, led police on a car chase along I-405 in Los Angeles. The NFL star, actor and commentator fled in the Bronco, which was owned by former NFL player Al Cowlings, when police tried to arrest Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al Fayed were riding in a Mercedes-Benz S280 on Aug. 31, 1997, when the car was involved crashed in a Paris tunnel while trying to get away from the paparazzi. Both Diana and Al Fayed were killed in the wreck.
William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, left their wedding reception on April 29, 2011 in style, driving off in a Blue Aston Martin Convertible that is owned by William’s father, Prince Charles.
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