Letter from Clyde Barrow.
Letter from Clyde Barrow.

Clyde Barrow Endorses the Ford V8

Field review by the editors.

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 $39-$52
RA Rates:
The Best
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Ford Rouge Factory TourFord Rouge Factory Tour, Dearborn, MI - < 1 mi.
World's Largest TireWorld's Largest Tire, Allen Park, MI - 3 mi.
Gas Tank BasketballGas Tank Basketball, River Rouge, MI - 4 mi.
In the region:
Packard Proving Grounds, Shelby Township, MI - 27 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Michigan

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Michigan.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

December 4, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Michigan Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Jimmy Carter Peanut, Plains, Georgia (Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now