James Dean Porsche 550 Spyder

James Dean, and his Porsche 550 Spyder, just hours before his fatal accident.  (Image/Rolf Wutherich)

Someone get Geraldo Rivera on the phone.

On the 60th anniversary of actor and racing enthusiast James Dean’s fatal car accident, officials at the Volo Auto Museum in Chicago, IL are “vigorously” investigating credible claims from a man saying he knows the whereabouts of Dean’s long-missing Porsche 550 Spyder.

The car (said to be cursed) has been missing for 55 years after disappearing from a locked container while in transit from Miami to Los Angeles in 1960.

The mystery man claiming to know where Dean’s car is hidden got the museum’s attention with story details “that rang true,” and also passed a polygraph test the museum conducted.

Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum, said the unidentified man from Whatcom County, WA called the museum after seeing a piece about Dean’s missing car in an episode of History’s “Brad Meltzer’s Lost History.”

The man claims that, as a boy in the 1960s, he saw Dean’s infamous car hidden behind the false wall of a building.

He does not own that building, so the Volo museum’s lawyers are working to determine ownership issues of both that building as well as claims to Dean’s car, which was in the hands of both famed Hollywood car builder George Barris and the National Safety Council in the five years between Dean’s accident and the presumed theft.

The Volo museum has had a standing offer to pay $1 million for the missing Porsche since the 50th anniversary of Dean’s death 10 years ago.

Read more from Fox News here. Check out History‘s recap of the tragic car accident here.

Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.