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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
2011ChryslerTown & Country Limited7.60016.000Car & Driver
2008ChryslerSebring Convertible7.90016.100motorweek.org
2007Chrysler300C SRT84.90013.300Road and Track
2007ChryslerAspen7.90016.000motorweek.org
2005Chrysler300C5.60014.100
2005Chrysler300C SRT84.70013.200(R&T June '05)
2005ChryslerCrossfire SRT-65.10013.300(C&D Aug '04)
2005ChryslerCrossfire SRT-65.40013.900motorweek.org
2005ChryslerCrossfire Roadster7.10015.300motorweek.org
2005ChryslerPT Cruiser Convertible7.80016.200motorweek.org
2005Chrysler300C SRT-85.00013.400motorweek.org
2004ChryslerCrossfire (6 speed)6.40014.700
2004ChryslerPacifica AWD9.30017.100
2004ChryslerCrossfire6.30014.800motorweek.org
2004ChryslerPacifica9.50017.200motorweek.org
2003ChryslerPT Cruiser10.90018.200
2003ChryslerPT Cruiser Turbo6.70015.300motorweek.org
2002Chrysler300M Special7.40015.600(MT Aug '02)
2002Chrysler300M Special7.20015.500motorweek.org
2001ChryslerSebring Convertible8.40016.300motorweek.org
2001ChryslerSebring Coupe8.50016.400motorweek.org
1999Chrysler300M7.90016.000
1999Chrysler300M w/ Perf. Pkg.7.70015.900
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1998ChryslerConcorde LXi8.10016.000
1998ChryslerSebring JXi Conv.10.20017.600
1998ChryslerConcorde8.50016.400motorweek.org
1996ChryslerSebring JXi Conv.10.00017.400
1995ChryslerCirrus LXi9.40017.200
1995ChryslerNew Yorker8.90016.700
1995ChryslerSebring LX8.60016.600
1994ChryslerCirrus LXi10.30017.500
1994ChryslerLHS8.70016.500
1993ChryslerConcorde8.70016.200
1990ChryslerLeBaron GTC7.20015.800
1989ChryslerTC by Masterati6.90015.400
1987ChryslerLeBaron8.80016.800
1987ChryslerLeBaron Convertible11.30018.200
1985ChryslerLaser XE8.10016.000
1985ChryslerLeBaron GTS Turbo8.10016.200
1984ChryslerLaser XE8.60016.200
1981ChryslerImperial12.20019.100
1980ChryslerNew Yorker Fifth Avenue14.10019.800
1973ChryslerLeBaron Imperial 440ci11.80018.100
1967ChryslerSunbeam Tiger II7.50016.000
1960Chrysler300F 413/375hp 3spd auto7.10016.000 "Motor Trend"
1931ChryslerCG Custom Imperial Lebaron Sports Roadster 385ci20.00021.500