Bonnie and Clyde Were Big Fans of Ford Performance
Back in the ’20s, the Model T was the car to have. But by the end of the decade it had grown a bit stale, so Ford went to work developing the next big thing. And in 1932, they changed the automotive world yet again with the flathead Ford V8.
Featuring a 221 cubic-inch Flathead 21-stud V-8, 75 horsepower, and a 6.33:1 compression ratio, this baby was top of the line. As you can see in the History Channel documentary below, the V8 “was the performance car of its day, the first V8 in a popularly priced car, and it was a break through.”
But why take Mr. Narrator’s word for it when you can take Mr. Clyde Barrow’s? Well, other than the fact that he was a notorious outlaw, who along with Bonnie Parker robbed a slew of banks across the U.S.
Barrow loved the V8 so much that he wrote Mr. Ford a note of congratulations for assembling such a fine machine.
Mr. Henry Ford
While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.
Clyde Champion Barrow
Yep, Clyde loved his go-to getaway car, though technically it wasn’t his. He stole many of them, including the 1934 Ford V8 that he and Bonnie were gunned down in by police officers, as you can see in one of the photos below (h/t Speed Society).
What a waste of a beautiful car.
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