What does the unlikely triumvirate of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Road & Track scribe Peter Egan have in common? An affinity for early Fords like this Dearborn blue and Straw yellow 1934 Deluxe Sedan you see above.
Not only is this example a dead ringer for Bonnie and Clyde’s getaway/death car, but Egan bought it to retrace the route bank robber John Dillinger blazed when terrorizing the Midwest in early Fords. The R&T journalist documented this journey with a feature article called “The Dillinger Trail.” Bring a Trailer tells us the story.
Egan acquired this rust free,Texas sedan three years ago with approximately 34K miles on the clock and aside from paint, some interior trim and obligatory mechanical maintenance, the car is mostly a rolling time capsule. Sporting the original 21-stud Flathead V-8 with its aluminum factory heads, Egan says the old gal has no problem keeping up with modern traffic and logged 1400 miles on the “Dillinger Trail” with ease.
Clyde Barrow was also a big fan of Flathead V-8′s. He even wrote Henry Ford a letter thanking him for building such “dandy” cars. Egan’s Ford is the exact year and model as the one that Bonnie and Clyde were driving when they were gunned down by authorities in 1934. Even the Potter trunk and dual horns are identical on both cars.
If all this gangster Ford folklore turns you on, this ’34 can be yours as it’s currently on the block on eBay with a latest bid of $22,600.00 but still shy of reserve.