LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Angela Dorian (photos below) earned Playboy’s Playmate of the Year title in 1968. But with Angela Dorian’s win, Dorian became a household name. She would appear in countless tv and film roles. Now she faces attempted murder charges.
Angela Dorian today is 66. She is charged with the attempted murder of her husband Bruce Rathgeb. Angela Dorian (real name Victoria Vetri Rathgeb) remains in jail unable to meet her $1.5 million bail. Her husband remains in critical condition.
Angela Dorian’s win of the Playboy title wouldn’t earn her tv and film roles, prize money, and fame, but also one of the most unusual cars of her time, a AMC AMX (shown above).
The AMX would only be built for two years but would immediately make history. It was also the only American-built steel-bodied two-seater of its time along with the Chevy Corvette.
While Dorian brought the car fame, it still prompted media confusion. It appealed “to both muscle car and sports car enthusiasts, two camps that rarely acknowledged each other’s existences.”But its “tire-melting” acceleration caused the public to think of it as “a quick car that handled like a sports car, confusing the buying public.”
The American Society of Automotive Engineers bestowed honors on the car for two years, naming the AMX as the “Best Engineered Car of the Year” in 1969 and 1970. The 1968 version went 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds. The National Hot Rod Association clocked the car at 420 horsepower.
Dorian has yet to comment about the charges.