Al Capone's Cadillac Headed for the Auction Block
Gangster's V8-powered 1928 Town Sedan is one of the oldest surviving bulletproof vehicles.
Al "Scarface" Capone's 1928 Cadillac V8 Town Sedan is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000 at the RM Auctions St. John sale in Plymouth on July 28. The vehicle is said to be one of the oldest surviving bulletproof vehicles, with 3,000 pounds of armor plating and inch-thick glass in the windows. There's also a circular cutout section to accommodate a machine gun, and the rear window was set up to quickly release downward for unobstructed firing on any pursuing vehicles.
Those aren't the only tricks Capone had up his sleeve when it came to his car. The Cadillac was modeled after the same vehicles that Chicago police drove during the 1920s and '30s, even incorporating a regulation police siren, flashing lights and a police-band radio receiver.
Adding to the vehicle's mystique is that Capone wasn't the only famous name to occupy it. After the notorious mobster's conviction for tax evasion in 1931, the car was seized by the Treasury Department, which loaned it out to the White House a decade later when President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled to the Capitol to persuade Congress to declare war on Japan. Fearing an assassination attempt, the president took the trip in Capone's own armored car.
For more information, visit RM Auctions here.
[Source: RM Auctions.]
Harv29: SWELL CAR? OK Beaver Cleaver
Brynn: Isn't "Leave It To Beaver" from the 1950s? I don't know for certain because I wasn't around back then. And according to my research, the expression "swell" became popular in the 1920s.
Since Al Capone and President Franklin D. Roosevelt aren't around today, I guess that means that this car goes to the highest bidder.
This Cadillac is a fabulous looking car with a very unique history. Al Capone could certainly afford the very best, and this vehicle was no exception. Hopefully the winning bidder at the auction will arrange it so that people can enjoy seeing this car up close and personal in an auto museum or some similar public place.
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