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This is an interesting thread. There's definitely something morbidly fascinating about the juxtaposition of vehicles we love and horrific unpleasantness. 

 

I have to admit that I had a morbid fascination with lethal car accidents from an early age. I can't explain why, but I always had it.

For years I would select holiday destinations in the vicinity of 'famous' car crash sites and visited many of them.

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The JFK assassination was posted a few pages back. Interesting thing about that car (SS-100-X) is that they continued to use it until 1977. It was used by Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter. Although it had been extensively rebuilt more than once after the assassination, it must have been bizarre to be driven around in the same car your predecessor was gruesomely murdered in. 

 

Here's Nixon and his wife in the car after both sets of major modifications. By this time it had been repainted twice, had a new grille, more powerful engine and beefier air con (heat under the bubble dome having been a problem with the original car). A non-removable roof and significant armouring had been added too. 

 

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That could almost be a scene out of Ronin (I know the cars are not quite right but the era is bob on). 

Almost. Ronin featured an almost dated E34 in 1998, Gladbeck was 1988 and the gangsters demanded a then brand new 735i E32. It was given to them in NL hence the Dutch license plates. In this car they returned to Germany.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladbeck_hostage_crisis

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Hey folks, bit of a morbid first post, but here goes...

Hungerford Massacre, 1987: 

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Toyota Crown and Vauxhall Senator 

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Front view of the bullet riddled Senator

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Body in a Datsun Bluebird

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Blankets cover the body of a taxi driver in a Peugeot 309

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Cortina with burning South View in the background

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Transit ambulance?

 

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Wow, very interesting to see the actual car he was driving. Apparently he used to drive it like a knobhead and put on 16k by August 1987. Front tyres were bald through his spirited driving.

The car wouldn't start when he got back home after the first shootings, so he shot it before turning the gun on his neighbours. 

Before the Astra, he had an Escort XR3i.

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The car wouldn't start when he got back home after the first shootings, so he shot it before turning the gun on his neighbours. 

Before the Astra, he had an Escort XR3i.

 

Yeah that's right - must have absolutely thrashed it to get it in that state. What book are the images from if I can ask?

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