5 Famous Death Cars — Where Are They Now?


The Bonnie and Clyde Ford

Bonnie and Clyde car
The 1934 Ford Deluxe Fordor sedan in which Bonnie and Clyde were killed, is seen here at the site of the ambush with law enforcement just outside Gibsland, Louisiana. Wikimedia Commons/FBI

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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