Fascinating Death Car Exhibit Marks 80th Anniversary of the Demise of Bonnie and Clyde, Death Car




For immediate release Contact: Brian Grams, director, Volo Auto Museum (815) 385-3644; (305) 781-0606; brian@volocars.com

Fascinating ‘death car’ exhibit marks 80th anniversary of the demise of Bonnie and Clyde VOLO —

Eighty years ago this May, a couple of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history met their fate in a hail of bullets. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were driving a stolen Ford V-8 sedan near Sailes, La., on May 23, 1934, when a law enforcement posse ambushed the pair. Infamous at the time, the duo’s fame flared anew after release of the 1967 Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway film, “Bonnie and Clyde.” While most have heard of the murderous bank robbers, lesser known is the tale of what became of the Ford they were driving when they were gunned down. The car’s notoriety drew hordes of curious onlookers after it first was embroiled in a legal battle over ownership, and later became a traveling anti-crime exhibit. Its popularity was so intense, in fact, it spurred a smattering of fakes, which eventually drew their own manner of law enforcement attention, said Brian Grams, Volo Auto Museum director. “In effect, Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree continued even after death,” said Grams, who acquired one of the Fords circulated under false pretenses back in the ’30s, and plans a live-action display this Memorial Day weekend detailing the history of the real and false exhibits of the era. “Our presentation will talk about how there were several fake Ford sedans making the rounds at fairs and carnivals throughout the south,” Grams said. Re-enactor Justin Fiorelli will embody one of the era’s hucksters, drawing a crowd to hear the tale of the “amazing, bullet-riddled death car.” Presentations will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 24-26. “Everyone’s heard of Bonnie and Clyde’s reign of terror and their execution, but that’s not where the story ended,” Grams said. “We’ll tell audiences some intriguing history, like how the actual car came to be owned by a man named Charles Stanley, who took it on tour. “Even people who encountered the real car were skeptical, because there were a number of fakes out there,” Grams continued. “We have one of the original fakes.” The real death car is on exhibit at Whiskey Pete’s Resort and Casino in Primm, Nev. For other information, call (815) 385-3644, go to volocars.com, or visit the Volo Auto Museum at 27582 Volo Village Road. ###