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Have you seen Bonnie and Clyde’s death car?

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I saw it in the 60's in a traveling tractor trailer when it stopped in our town.

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I saw it at the Michigan State Fair when I was a kid....right about the time the movie came out. My brother worked at the Royal Oak Theater and I must have seen that film 10 times. I was really into the old cars and gangsters. I was amazed that all of the cars in the movie were not Model A Fords. I just HAD to see the real deal and was amazed to see all of those holes in that car.

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If you look at the original pictures, the car has lost it's fancier radiator cap along the way, probably a souvenir for someone.

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Maybe I'm remembering this wrong - but was it run in the Great American Race once (or one made to look like it?) Maybe Newt and Ginny Withers had something to do with it?

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I recall news of it touring the country in the 60's, and also recall hearing that there was one real car and one or two fakes....a good set of pictures and a 38 revolver could duplicate it....the real one seems to be accounted for, anyone aware of existence of any fakes?

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I have seen two fakes so far. The best way to determine which one is real is to go to Google and find actual "just after" shots. Easy to tell from those which is the fake.

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Found it - 1987 Great Race - also called 'The Warren Car' after it's original owner.

<CENTER>RACING THE BULLETRIDDLED DEATH CAR </CENTER><CENTER>[TABLE]

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[TD]In 1987 the car belonged to Clyde Wade, curator of Harrah's Automotive

Museum. It was put in running condition. The only thing changed was the

windshield, because it would not pass inspection. The steering wheel was

half rebar and half plastic. The seats were all shot up and there were

bullet holes throughout. Because all of the side windows still had holes

through them, they were covered with Plexiglas to keep out the weather.

Bruce Gezon and Virginia "Ginni" Withers raced the deathcar in 1987

in the Interstate Batteries Great Race. Wade, who is a friend of Withers

and her husband Newt, entered the car in the Great Race because he wanted

to sell it and he believed that the publicity would increase its value.

[/TD]

[/TR]

</TBODY>[/TABLE]

</CENTER>

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I recall news of it touring the country in the 60's, and also recall hearing that there was one real car and one or two fakes....a good set of pictures and a 38 revolver could duplicate it....the real one seems to be accounted for, anyone aware of existence of any fakes?

A 38 would not be powerful enough to do that.

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AC Fuhrman is exactly right about the car in the 1987 Great American Race. It was sold after the race for a reported $300,000 and went to what was then called Whiskey Pete's Casino, where it stays today (I Think with a new name)

I raced in that race in a 1934 Ford without bullet holes and was often parked next to them at stops. Their sponsor was some kind of Anti-Crime Unit with a big character crime dog.

Bruce Gazon and Ginni Withers where very helpful competitors to us in performance comparisons of our two cars.

It was really a shot up car with dried blood under the plastic seat covers. Bruce told me that it had been new when stolen and that it had only 8000 miles when Bonnie & Clyde died in it. However the suspension was worn out and it showed abuse everywhere. They had to switch the drive line and suspension for the race, from another 34 Ford and then switch back afterwards.

Here is a picture of both cars at a gas stop someplace along the 4400 mile route from Disneyland to Disney World in 1987.

I must admit ours was a prettier car, but more people looked at Bonnie & Clyde's 34.

It's also true that many fakes were made and shown a fairs and carnivals across the country for many years after they died, but the on in the 87 Great American Race was the real one.

Gruesome but interesting to hear about the law enforcement guys having to use bigger weapons to pierce the strong steel of the body. After owning 1934 Fords for over 40 years, I'm still glad nobody shoots at us. Once on a Glidden Tour in New Hampshire I had the drivers suicide door open at 50 MPH. No dents as it hit the rear fender, but it did bend all three hinges. (Needed to change my shorts too)

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I watched the A&E/Lifetime/History Channel "Bonnie & Clyde" earlier this week, and while I've always enjoyed the story, I sure did hate seeing all those 30s Fords getting shot up. Same with the "Lawless" movie that came out last year. You have to wonder how many good cars were sacrificed in these movies.

If the Bonnie & Clyde death car ever came thru here, I don't remember it. I'm sure my mama would have prevented me seeing it anyway as I was out on my own before I ever saw the 1967 movie.

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Do you think that Bonnie and Clyde might have escaped the road block if they were driving John Dillenger's preferred (faster) Terraplane Eight?

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Hudsy-Faster or not I still can't see it out running those bullets.

Paul- I bet it was a blast cruising with that car during the great race.

I have still yet to see this car in person. I suppose it's time to plan a road trip.

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It would had made no difference as to what they were driving at the time as they were stopped to help the old man. Once the bullets started flying the story ended right there.

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