“Cars are made to go, not to stop,” says Jean-Paul Belmondo in the 1960 French New Wave film “À bout de souffle.” But when they go and get into an auto accident, cars and drivers stop hard. In some tragic cases, there is no souffle, no breath and no life that remains. With that in mind, here are some of the more famous death cars in world history, brought on by famous car crashes, assassinations and more. Enjoy.
Famous death cars No. 1 – Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s 1934 Ford V8 sedan
Arguable the most famous of all American death cars, Bonnie and Clyde’s 1934 Ford four-door sedan was appropriately stolen by Barrow for use in their criminal activities. On May 23, 1934, however, a group of law enforcement officers caught up with the notorious gang on a country road. The result of the meeting was over 100 bullet holes in the 1934 Ford, and by extension, many perforations in the bodies of said criminals. The car is currently on display at a casino-hotel in Nevada.
Famous death cars No. 2 – Gen. George Patton’s 1938 Cadillac limo
It’s December 9, 1945. World War II is over, and Gen. George S. Patton is riding in the back seat of his 1938 Cadillac limousine. The horrors of combat are over for now, and it’s time to enjoy some time on the golf course. Unfortunately, a military truck pulls in front of Patton’s Caddy limo and the vehicles collide. No one in the truck is injured, but Patton is slumped down on the floor board, paralyzed from the neck down. He was thrown forward in the crash, and his forehead struck the metal ridge of the divide between the front and rear seats. Patton did not return from the hospital.
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Famous death cars No. 3 – Hank Williams’ 1952 Cadillac convertible
Sometimes, people die in cars that are stationary, structurally intact and not impregnated with carbon monoxide gas. Take classic country performer Hank Williams as an example. Williams’ driver Charles Carr allegedly loaded a strung out and recently convulsing Williams into the back of a 1952 Cadillac convertible for the drive from Knoxville, Tenn., to a gig in Ohio. He never made the gig. It is unclear exactly where Williams died, but his “Cold, Cold Heart” was discovered by Carr at a rest stop in West Virginia. Based upon sketchy recollection of events, it seems that Williams made that car his death car. The vehicle was his high school car, and the light blue convertible is on display at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Ala. (Williams’ home town).
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