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On this day: 05-23-1934

Outlaws Bonnie and Clyde shot to death in stolen Ford

Texas and Louisiana state police officers shot Bonnie and Clyde as they attempted to escape apprehension in a stolen 1934 Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The only charge the Bureau could chase them on was a violation of the National Motor Vehicle Act, which gave federal agents the authority to pursue suspects accused of interstate transportation of a stolen automobile. The car in question was a Ford, stolen in Illinois and found abandoned in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Inside, agents discovered a prescription bottle later traced to the Texas home of Clyde Barrow´s aunt. When Parker and Barrow were spotted, going some 85 mph in the stolen Ford Deluxe with a V-8 engine, the officers let loose with a hail of bullets, leaving the couple no chance of survival. The bullet-ridden Deluxe, originally owned by Ruth Warren of Topeka, Kansas, was later exhibited at carnivals and fairs then sold as a collector´s item; in 1988, the Primm Valley Resort and Casino in Las Vegas purchased it for some $250,000. Barrow´s enthusiasm for cars was evident in a letter he wrote earlier in the spring of 1934, addressed to Henry Ford himself: “While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got every other car skinned and even if my business hasn´t been strictly legal it don´t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8”.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1981AMCEagle (4spd I4)18.60021.400
1981AMCEagle (4spd I6)15.30019.800
1981AMCEagle (Auto I6)15.80020.500
1977AMCGremlin X17.90020.800
1976AMCHornet Sportabout18.30020.100
1975AMCPacer14.60019.400
1974AMCGremlin17.80018.800
1974AMCHornet 4dr 258ci15.60019.400
1974AMCHornet 360ci8.50017.000
1974AMCJavelin 304ci11.20017.300
1974AMCMatador 360ci11.80017.900
1974AMCMatador 401ci8.50016.000
1973AMCHornet Hatchback 360ci8.60016.500
1973AMCHornet Sportabout10.70017.100
1973AMCJavelin AMX 401ci7.70015.500
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