Crime Continues After Death with Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car
We have heard the tales, watched the documentaries and even viewed the romanticised movie of Bonnie and Clyde. But did you know their crime spree continued even after death? History of Volo Auto Museum's Bonnie and Clyde Death Car….
When the 1934 Ford that Bonnie and Clyde were driving in on May 23rd, 1934, became riddled with over 100 bullet holes and its upholstery became saturated with blood, its value had unsurpassed what anyone could imagine. Because of its grusome past, its has earned revenue totalling near $10 million. How? By being on display at state fairs, amusment parks and other events where it could be viewed, for a fee.
Where there is profit, there is fraud. Aproximatly six counterfit Bonnie and Clyde Death Cars ended up touring on exhibition as “The One and Only”. The exhibitors with these fraudulent cars however were hard to catch because they would show their cars for only two or three days and then were gone.
This Bonnie and Clyde car was one of the cars that decieved the unsuspecting onlookers. After escaping prosucution, the corporation that would display the car sold it to Warner Bros. who were about to begin filming the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde”. The car was not purchased for screen use, but as a templete to build the cars to be used for the movie.
In 1968 this car was sold by Warner Bros to the Tragedy In US History Museum where it could be viewed, once again for a fee. It was amongst other morbid vehicles such as the Buick Electra that actress Jayne Mansfield was killed in and the ambulance that carried Lee Harvey Oswald.
In 1998 the museum closed and the car was sold off. It had sat in a barn until 2010 when it was purchased by Volo Auto Museum where its display continues to draw a crowd (for a fee)…
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