James Dean 1955 Triumph TR5 On Display At Indiana State Museum

The James Dean’s 1955 Triumph TR5 500cc Trophy will be displayed starting November 23, 2012 at the Indiana State Museum for an “Eternal James Dean” exhibit. Almost in perfect condition, Dean owned it only a few months before he was killed at the age of 24 in a car crash while driving his Porsche. the “Rebel Without A Cause” was born in Marion and raised on the farm of his uncle in Fairmount, Indiana after his mother passed away. The museum will also exhibit the “’1949 Ford (red, huge white walls) Dean borrowed from his uncle to ferry his date to and from his high school prom, but not his Porsche because it disappeared after his death and was never recovered.

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7 Responses to “James Dean 1955 Triumph TR5 On Display At Indiana State Museum”


  1. 1 Scorpion Nov 13th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Very nice

  2. 2 Harl Nov 13th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Rode a Trump, died on CA46 in his 550 Porsche Spyder, at least he didn’t die on the triumph!

  3. 3 Boss Hawg Nov 13th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Sweet.!

  4. 4 Zipper Nov 13th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    That is as nice as it gets.. .Z

  5. 5 Ted Tine Nov 14th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Cyril, James Deans’ car didn’t disappear. The car was bought I think by his mechanic or a mechanic. As the story goes the car was parted out and everyone who bought a part off Deans car was killed in some kind of accident or another.

  6. 6 Jester Nov 14th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Ted. I think Cyril is right. What you say is a legend. The car disappeared in 1 piece or many pieces. People looked for it for many years. Nobody knows for sure what happened to it.

  7. 7 Blackmax Nov 14th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    A real piece of motorcycle history

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