Question for Marmon Experts
Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:30 AM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:01 PM
" I have just learned that the 1929 Marmon Sedan that Buck Barrow bought in Texas prior to the Joplin incident, had motor number T-8692, Texas license plate number 279-797. Debbie Moss said that Blanche recalled it was a "Model 98", but I can't find any info on a 98. I'm wondering if perhaps she mean't either a Model 68 or Model 78. I've contacted the Marmon Club to see if they might be able to positively identify the make and (hopefully) what color it may have been. Not sure if Marmon production records are still extant or not. "
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:21 PM
Yes, I see that info on line; 1929 Marmon 68 sedan, 8 cyl. Buck traded two Fords to legally buy it in Texas, and the title documents were discovered in the Joplin apt after shootout that killed two law officers. The Marmon was abandoned at the Joplin apt. So my guess is the Missouri State Police or Joplin City Police/possible county sheriff took the car as evidence and it was in some impound lot for some time. It then disappears from the record. As far as I'm aware, it was not damaged in the shootout since the car was parked behind the apartment bldg. The new FBI really didn't have much to do with the Barrow gang investigation. So it seems it was quietly sold some years later and may be in the hands of a private owner, or it may have been scrapped as part of the WWII recycling program about 10 years later after languishing in an impound lot -- just an old used car at that point with little latent value. It does seem less likely that happened. The infamous owner probably would have made this car appear desirable to someone, even before the Bonnie and Clyde legend became popular in the 1960s.
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