The Bonnie and Clyde car, a bullet-riddled and blood-stained Ford the notorious bank robbing couple were driving when they were killed, has been a morbid sideshow exhibit for years.
The Bonnie and Clyde death car 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 and unloaded 167 bullets into the car on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
“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,” officers Ted Hinton and Bob Alcorn stated afterwards. “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 coroner’s report listed 17 separate entrance wounds in the body of Clyde Barrow and 26 in Bonnie Parker’s. There were reportedly so many bullet holes that the undertaker had difficulty embalming their bodies.
The car was returned to owner Ruth Warren, who almost immediately leased it out to tour the country as a gruesome sideshow attraction.
Today, the actual Bonnie and Clyde death car can be seen on display at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, NV.
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker c. March 1933
Update: Apparently there is a contender for the title of “Actual Bonnie & Clyde Death Car.”