November 21, 2013 by Rob Hurlbut
Bonnie Parker And Clyde Barrow’s 1934 Ford V-8
Inside Whiskey Pete’s Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nevada is the car in which Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed. It is referred to as, “The Bonnie and Clyde Death Car” by fans of the criminal duo. In the 79 years that have passed since this car was shot up it has been exhibited and shown off in several states but now resides in Nevada. So, for all you enthusiasts out there; as of November, 2013 the car is in Whiskey Pete’s, just over the California border in Nevada off Highway Interstate 15, exit 1.
The Authentic Bonnie And Clyde Death Car
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are among the best known criminals from the golden age of gangsters. They met in Texas in 1930 and were both shot to death when they were ambushed by police in Louisiana in 1934. During their few short years together they had a life of crime that included bank robbery, stealing cars, kidnapping, burglary and murder. They were never married and may not have even been a romantic couple but that didn’t matter for depression era America as their exploits have been romanticized from the very beginning. For some reason, there is something alluring about a man and woman criminal team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Had Clyde been on his own he probably would have been seen merely as a gun toting, murdering psychopath while Bonnie on her lonesome may have been viewed as nothing more than an imbalanced crazy lady. However, put the two of them together with an element of implied romance and their criminal actions seem a little less criminal.
Bullet Holes On The Roof
Of course their crime spree and in particular their vehicle thefts drew the ire of what would become the FBI. With a gang of early G-Men on the case it would only be a matter time before Bonnie and Clyde would be captured or killed. It finally happened in May of 1934. They were driving along a road outside of Sailes, Louisiana and drove right into an ambush of waiting police officers. The police fired more than 100 rounds into their car, killing them both instantly while simultaneously solidifying their position as iconic gangsters.
The Back Of Bonnie And Clyde’s Car
If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend the 1967 movie, “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. It’s a Hollywood movie so of course it’s not very accurate but it is a good movie that blends enough fact and fiction to have you rooting for the bad guys and feeling sad for them when they die at the end.
Bonnie Holding A Thompson “Tommy” Submachine Gun
At the end of the day, the era of Bonnie and Clyde and their contemporaries such as Al Capone and John Dillinger is a piece of American history that is very unique in that it was the last stand of the proverbial gangster. Prohibition criminals got so good at crime that they forced the creation of modern crime fighting. You could almost say they were victims of their own success. Anyway, there are not many things you can physically see from that era anymore but The Bonnie and Clyde Death Car is one of them so it’s worth the stop if you happen to be road tripping on that area of I-15. Cheers!