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Bobby Darin’s DiDia 150

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Bobby Darin was an unbelievable musical talent that died well before his time. This is the car he loved. It was designed by clothing designer Andy DiDia and is the single example of the designer’s attempt at an automobile. Construction of this car ran from 1953 until 1960. Darin loved and wanted the car. He eventually purchased it for $150,000 (that would be approximately $1,500,000 in today’s dollars) arguably the most expensive car in the world at that time. A V8 engine powers this spacecraft on wheels and has a 125 inch wheelbase! Although it was occasionally shown, it was not a show car and never intended to be. Bobby and his wife, Sandra Dee often drove it to the Academy Awards. It also appeared in movies of the time.

The DiDia 150 was hand-fashioned from soft aluminum, has thermostatically controlled air conditioning, hidden headlights, tail lights that swivel as the car turns a corner, glass windows on hinges, and rust-colored seats, each with an ashtray, cigarette lighter, and radio speaker.

Bobby Darin Darin was born in May 1936. When he was eight, he overheard a doctor tell his mother that he might not live past 16 because of heart damage caused by rheumatic fever. Darin went on to record such hits as “Splish Splash,” “Dream Lover,” and “Mack The Knife,” which won him a Grammy in 1960.

Darin was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963. His record company, TM Music/Trio, launched Wayne Newton and others. Darin was with Robert Kennedy in 1968 when he was killed at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Bobby went into seclusion for about a year after that event. In 1972, he had a TV variety show called The Bobby Darin Amusement Company that he hosted until his sudden death in 1973. Darin’s death came after surgery to correct heart problems brought on by blood poisoning. He was 37.

The DiDia 150 is on permeant display at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation.  To read about our visit to the Museum, Click Here.

The hood is not open; this is a body line that goes along the entire side of the car and looks like it might be part of a ventilation system.

The car’s rear is very much like the wild concept cars of the 50s that they assured us we would be driving (or flying) in 1980!

As wild as the exterior is, the interior seems almost practical.

I love those controls on top of the dash, but I am sure they would give today’s government vehicle safety regulators a heart attack.



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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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