The recent Netflix release, Highwaymen, follows the story of two of Texas’ most legendary rangers on the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play Frank Hamer and Maney Gault on commission to terminate the murder filled joyride of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The pistol slinging duo is horrendously out of shape, outgunned, and out-horsed by Bonnie and Clyde with their 1934 Ford V8. Bonnie and Clyde’s infamous reign in the south had them developed in the public perception as untouchable and effectively superhuman, largely as a result of their preference in vehicles. The Ford V8 features two more cylinders than what was typical of comparable models such as that of the Chevrolets used by local police forces and investigators. Those two additional cylinders were rumored to create approximately a whopping 80 horsepower in total for the iron giant. This antiquated mediocrity in automation nonetheless kept these bruisers alive for two years on the run from the likes of Hamer and Gault. Clyde was so pleased with the vehicle’s performance that he decided to write Henry Ford the following letter:
“Mr. Henry Ford
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 every other car skinned, and even if my business hasen’t been strickly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.”
Clyde Champion Barrow
Despite Clyde’s patchy spelling, enormous ego, and criminal history, this letter certainly provided effective marketing to a new demographic of degenerate vehicle shoppers. The Ford V8’s impeccable track record with Bonnie and Clyde earned it a letter of applause to Henry Ford and more importantly a nomination as the inaugural Vehicle of the Week for Crushing Film’s return to the spotlight.