Phantom vehicle

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A "haunted truck" at a Halloween event

A phantom vehicle is a purportedly ghostly or haunted vehicle in ghostlore, common in urban legends and entertainment. The stories often describe vehicles that operate with no visible driver.

Examples of phantom vehicles[edit]

Cars and trucks[edit]

  • In 1982, two people in Lanikai, Hawaii reported seeing a mysterious black car which disappeared and reappeared again a second later.[1]
  • A 1960s car that had bumper stickers; the witness passed the car but it mysteriously reappeared ahead of the witness's car at several stoplights. Also the witness noticed that the driver was a man in his teens and that he never turned his head and he never moved the steering wheel when the man drove around the "dead man's curve" the witness said.[2]
  • 2004, In Cape Town, South Africa, a Renault Mégane[3] sedan mysteriously rolled up an embankment and hit a fence, although the handbrake was engaged and the engine was off. Some say the car was "jumping".[4]
  • December 2002, Brisbane England, The Surrey Ghost Car, anonymous caller reported seeing a car swerve off the highway and crash, when the police arrive they could tell the body had been in the car for months, the car most likely crashed in July 2002.
  • 2018 A dashcam recorded video footage of a supposed ghost car causing a massive crash and pile up in Singapore.
  • In the mid-1980s, three people in a sedan reported seeing a gray van heading straight towards them. Then suddenly the van vanished.[5]
  • The Curse of "Little Bastard": the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder in which James Dean died is said to be cursed after the accidents in which it has been later involved.[6]
  • In Germany, a car mysteriously started up by itself and rammed a wall.[7]
  • In 2000, an eyewitness claimed that an old truck started up by itself and blinked at him as he walked past an old house.[8]
  • Early 1980s - a British motorist crashed his car in order to avoid a truck that suddenly appeared coming straight towards him and then vanished.[9]
  • The curved road at the junction of St. Marks Road and Cambridge Gardens in Ladbroke Grove was reported to be haunted by a phantom bus with a route marker "7" which caused numerous accidents, one of which was fatal. The reports subsided when the area of road was straightened.[10]



  • In 1997, eyewitnesses from the eastern USA claimed they saw a single-engine aeroplane crash. But when the coast guard searched the waters off Connecticut, they could not find any wreckage or bodies. Also none of the airports reported any planes missing.[14]


In 2011, An eyewitness reported seeing a black motorcycle start up by itself and flash its headlight at him.

In Paris, a man spotted and filmed a motorcycle allegedly driving by itself with no rider visible.

Construction Vehicles

In a small Rhode Island neighborhood, a dump truck parked on the street allegedly started by itself, and flashed its headlights. Witnesses reported seeing the wheel chocks vanish into thin air, and allegedly spotted the truck driving away.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ghost Car In Lanikai". Castle of Spirits. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Ghost Car in Broad Daylight Afternoon". Castle of Spirits. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  3. ^ 'Ghost car' mystery revealed
  4. ^ Carin Smith (21 November 2004). "'Haunted' car goes haywire". News24. Somerset West. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  5. ^ "The Ghost Car". Your True Tales. October 2003. p. 22.
  6. ^ Curse of James Dean Archived 2005-12-10 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Wreck ignition for 'ghost car' that started on its own". Cape Times. Kempten, Germany. 7 November 2005. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  8. ^ The Old Rusty Ghost truck
  9. ^ "Coventry and Warwickshire - Places - Spooky tales to chill your spine". BBC Online. 10 September 2003. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  10. ^ Jeffrey, Martin. "The Ghost Bus of Ladbroke Grove". Haunted Britain. Mystery magazine. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  11. ^ af Klintberg, Bengt, Råttan i pizzan. Stockholm: Norstedts Förlag, 1992. ISBN 91-1-893831-0
  12. ^ Yanko, Dave. "Mystery Solved?". Virtual Saskatchewan. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Abe Lincoln's Ghost Train". HallowFreaks. Archived from the original on 5 October 2006. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  14. ^ Phantom Plane Crashes