The Bonnie and Clyde Ford
In 1934, a couple in Topeka, Kansas purchased a Ford Deluxe Fordor sedan, equipped with a powerful V-8 engine and painted Cordova Gray, for $700 [source: Cummins]. But they only had the Ford for six weeks before it was spotted in their driveway by bank robber Clyde Barrow, who was roaming the streets in search of a getaway vehicle [source: Phillips]. Barrow apparently was a big fan of Fords. He and his partner in crime, Bonnie Parker, appear in photos with two other stolen models by the manufacturer [source: Strohl].
A few months later, on May 23, 1934, Barrow and Parker stopped for coffee and donuts at a café in Gibsland, Louisiana, then drove straight into a law enforcement ambush, which neither would survive. The two outlaws were torn apart by hundreds of gunshot rounds and the Ford sedan was riddled with bullet holes. [source: Phillips].
It was towed to nearby Arcadia, where souvenir hunters broke off shards of glass and tried to steal other parts, until the sheriff put it behind a fence [source: Phillips]. Eventually, a federal judge returned the bullet-riddled, bloodstained car its original owners. Today, it is on exhibit in Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino in Primm, Nevada [source: Cummins, Primm Valley Casino Resorts].
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