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Letter from Clyde Barrow.
Letter from Clyde Barrow.

Clyde Barrow Endorses the Ford V8

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Dearborn, Michigan

On April 13, 1934, a hand-written letter arrived in Detroit addressed to Henry Ford. It was from infamous outlaw and car thief Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde), who offered his unsolicited and enthusiastic endorsement of the Ford V-8. "I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one," he wrote, describing the car as "dandy." Some speculate that perhaps a prankster wrote the letter instead, but no one ever had the chance to ask Clyde, who was shot dead only six weeks later.

The letter is usually on display in the Henry Ford Museum, but if isn't when you visit, you can still see it at the Research Library reading room, which is next to the museum in the Benson Ford Research Center.

Also see: Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI
I-94 to northbound Southfield Fwy/Hwy 39, then to exit 4, Oakwood Blvd. Left on Oakwood.
Daily 9:30-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $30 museum, $33 Greenfield Village.
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