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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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2004MercuryMonterey9.40017.200motorweek.org
2003MercuryMarauder6.90015.400
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2001MercuryCougar V-67.80016.100
2000MercurySable LS8.60016.800
1999MercuryCougar7.70016.000
1997MercurySable LS8.40016.400
1995MercuryGrand Marquis LS8.40016.300
1994MercuryCougar LS8.50016.400
1992MercurySable LS9.60017.400
1991MercuryCapri XR28.30016.300
1991MercuryCougar LS9.40017.100
1991MercuryTracer LTS8.70016.700
1990MercuryCougar XR7 SC7.40015.700
1990MercurySable GS10.10017.500
1989MercuryCougar XR7 SC7.40015.700
1987MercurySable LS11.70018.700
1987MercuryTracer10.30017.600
1983MercuryCapri7.80016.100
1982MercuryLN715.00020.000
1980MercuryCougar XR711.10018.000
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1980MercuryZephyr 4dr 4spd14.90019.800
1977MercuryMonarch 302ci14.40020.100
1975MercuryCapri II10.60018.100
1974MercuryCapri 2.8l0.00017.300
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