What gangster wrote a fan letter to Henry Ford about his cars?

Clyde Barrow the gangster wrote a fan letter to Henry Ford about his cars.

On April 10, 1934, Barrow sat down and addressed a letter to Mr. Ford from a hideout where he and Bonnie Parker were holed-up in Florida.

The letter, stamped “Received” by the Ford Motor Company three days later, read, mistakes and all:

Dear Sir:

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 ever other car skinned and even if my business hasent been strictly legal it don’t hurt enything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8.

Yours truly,
Clyde Champion Barrow

The next month, on May 23, 1934, both he and Bonnie died behind the wheel of a stolen, beige 1934 Ford V-8.

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