The Death Car of Bonnie and Clyde

By on May 20, 2014

The ‘death car’ of Bonnie and Clyde, still riddled with bullet holes, has been on display ever since the notorious bank robbers were gunned down.
The Bonnie and Clyde death car on display
The stolen car Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down in, on display at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, NV.

On May 23rd, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down in their stolen 1934 Ford Model 730 Deluxe Sedan. A posse of police officers ambushed the couple, unloading 130 rounds into their car on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Officers Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn stated:

Each of us six officers had a shotgun and an automatic rifle and pistols. We opened fire with the automatic rifles. They were emptied before the car got even with us. Then we used shotguns … There was smoke coming from the car, and it looked like it was on fire. After shooting the shotguns, we emptied the pistols at the car, which had passed us and ran into a ditch about 50 yards on down the road. It almost turned over. We kept shooting at the car even after it stopped. We weren’t taking any chances.

The bodies of Bonnie and Clyde seen inside the car after the ambush

The coroner’s report listed 17 separate entrance wounds in the body of Clyde Barrow and 26 in Bonnie Parker’s. The undertaker had difficulty embalming the bodies due to all the bullet holes.

Almost immediately after the car was returned to its owner, Ruth Warren, it was leased out as a gruesome sideshow attraction and began making rounds across the country.

The Bonnie and Clyde death car crime exhibition

Bonnie and Clyde's death car on display at Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino in Primm, NV
Photo: Wayne Hsieh/Creative Commons

The bullet-riddled death car of Bonnie and Clyde

Today the actual bullet-riddled, blood-soaked death car can be seen on display at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, NV.

A photo of Bonnie and Clyde from March 1933 found by police at their hideout
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker c. March 1933, found by police at their hideout in Joplin, Missouri.

Update: Apparently there is a contender for the title of Actual Bonnie & Clyde Death Car.

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2 Comments

  1. John Dillinger

    May 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    “Gunned down” is right, they hid in the bushes like hyenas and ambushed them.

  2. Lenora

    May 31, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    This was neat I enjoyed seeing the pic and the story

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