Westrand Car Show - 1932 Ford V8

Bonnie and Clyde and a 1932 Ford

Today is the 85th anniversary of the death of infamous American gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The two of them were involved in a few hundred bank, petrol station and small store robberies in the times of the American depression.

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Many of the stories about these two glamorized their lifestyle but the truth is they spent their entire time on the run living in abandoned and run down buildings, always on the alert for any sign that the police were closing in on them. They were finally ambushed by Police in Louisiana and were killed in the resulting shootout. It’s alleged that the police used all their ammunition from machine guns, shotguns and handguns “to make sure they got them”

Westrand Car Show - Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow photographed in 1933. The photograph was apparantly developed from a spool found in a previously used hideout of the gangsters.

At the time of the final showdown Bonnie and Clyde were driving a stolen 1932 Ford V8 four door sedan. The Fords made during 1932 and 1934 were the Model B, the Model 18 and the model 40. The Model B was a 4 cylinder car and the models 18 and 40 had the 3.6 litre V8 motor which was very popular with Ford fans in the US. The 4 cylinder Model B was more popular in Europe because of taxation benefits for driving a smaller engined car

In the images above the bullet holes in the Ford are clear evidence of the fire power brought to bear on the couple. It is more likely that the car used was similar to the blue one above. According to my sources there was little difference in the appearance of the 1932 and 1934 models. Some sources allege that the car involved was a 1932 V8 Ford while others assert that it was a 1934 V8. Either way, that journey on 23 May 1933 turned out to be their last.

I’m sure there are lots of readers who own cars with a history. Bring them along to the Westrand Car Show in August. Chevrolets, Citroens, Cadillacs, we love them all.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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Notes and Images are all available on Wikipedia and Wikimedia.
FEATURED IMAGE – 1932 2 door Ford – IFCAR [Public domain]
Bonnie and Clyde – US Library of Congress [Public domain]
1934 Ford Model 40 – Riley from Christchurch, New Zealand [CC BY 2.0]
1934 Ford Model 40 Deluxe – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Bonnie and Clydes car full of bullet holes – Picture taken by FBI investigators in 1934 [Public Domain]