History is filled with little details that grab our attention–even when they shouldn’t. Most would argue against our communal interest in the criminal mind, yet most of us just can’t help it. For the introverted thrill seekers among us, here are the five most famous getaway cars that history won’t ever forget.
- Beginning in 1911, there was a string of bank robberies in France committed by the anarchist Bonnot Gang. This was one of the first cases that made the getaway car an actual thing because cars were so new that police didn’t even have access to them! They used a Delaunay-Belleville to escape authorities and committed a number of murders in the process. Many of the gang members were killed during the pursuit, and others died by execution after they were caught. A few survived.
- Al Capone, who most of us know better as “Scarface”, was a famous mobster with high class tastes. Because he was so important to organized crime in the early 1900s, he required certain extravagant protections. That’s why his vehicle of choice was an armored 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan. When you’re invincible, you can always get away.
- John Dillinger is a legend, depending on who you ask. He managed to survive an almost hour-long firefight with the authorities, only to then escape in a 1930 Ford Model A. That’s no small feat when the entirety of the FBI is under a single mandate to capture you.
- Bonnie and Clyde drove a 1934 Ford during their attempts to evade law enforcement. Of course, the vehicle is riddled with holes now. Not everyone’s getaway story ends in victory, and this is a story that has captivated Americans ever since.
- Remember the white Ford Bronco that Al Cowlings drove (very slowly) while helping O.J. Simpson avoid police in 1994? This might just be the most infamous vehicle of all time. Cowlings told police that O.J. had a gun to his head. When they finally arrived at the mansion that O.J. owned, police took him into custody. Yet again, the getaway car proved useless.