MELTING POT Detroit, are you listening?

Oct 31, 2008 | 11:22 AM |

As American automakers scratch their heads as to how to move inventory, perhaps they could use the endorsements of a couple of infamous faces from a past economic downturn. Back in 1934, outlaws John Dillinger and Clyde Barrow (of "Bonnie and Clyde" fame) took time out from robbing banks to endorse Ford's then-new V-8. "I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one," Barrow wrote in an April 10 letter from Tulsa, Okla., addressed to company founder Henry Ford with a respectful "Dear Sir." Ford's V-8 offered "sustained speed" and "freedom from trouble," and "got every other car skinned," Barrow gushed. "Even if my business hasn't been strictly legal, it don't hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8." Perhaps with a....

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