Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the infamous lovers whose inter-state crime spree captured the attention of all America for over two years before they met a sudden and bloody death when their car was ambushed by officers on a rural stretch of road near Gibsland, Louisiana in May, 1934.
Clyde had stolen the new 1934 Ford V8 in Topeka, Kansas not long before the massacre in Lousiana. The car had a lot of extras including a unique greyhound radiator cap that can be seen in the first photo but does not appear in recent photos of the car.
The bullet-riddled blood-splattered 1934 Ford V8 was later used as an attraction at county fairs.
There have been a few fake Bonnie and Clyde cars. One was in the movie Bonnie and Clyde.
The real Bonnie and Clyde car finally came to rest at a permanent museum in Primm, Nevada.
The car had just been purchased new by Ruth Warren for $835 from the Mosby-Mack Motor Company in Topeka, Kansas.
Most 1934 Ford cars were not that expensive but this car was a Model 730 Deluxe Sedan with many extras including metal spare tire cover, front & rear bumper guards, a chrome greyhound radiator cap ornament, a Potters trunk. safety glass windows and an Arvin hot water heater.
The car was stolen by Clyde Barrow from Ruth Warren’s driveway in Topeka. The original license plate was Kansas 3-17832.
Later Clyde stole a license plate from Merle Cruse of Fayetteville, Arkansas. At the time of the Bonnie and Clyde massacre in Louisiana the car had an Arkansas license plate number 15-368.