Al Capone’s armoured car up for sale

Capone Rex

Legendary Chicago gangster Al Capone’s souped-up and bulletproof Cadillac has emerged for sale.

The 1928 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan features 300lbs of steel armour, bullet proof glass, muzzle sized holes for machineguns and even a drop down window to mow down pursuers.

It is also painted in green with black fenders to look like the police cars once driven by the Chicago police.

The vehicle even had police lights, a police siren and was fitted with the first police-band radio receiver known of in private hands.

Gangster Capone was eventually jailed for tax evasion and, following this, it is thought that the car was briefly used by President Franklin Roosevelt.

After Capone’s imprisonment the vehicle went on to be shown around the world, even making a trip to the UK in the 1950’s displayed at the Southend-on-Sea amusement park and at the Blackpool funfair.

Ironically, the 84-year-old vehicle is now deemed to be a classic and is therefore tax exempt.

Most recently, it formed part of US motor enthusiast John O’Quinn collection, but is now being sold following his death last year.

The vehicle will go under the hammer with an estimate of £325,000 at a RM Auctions in California on August 20.

In their research into the origins of the car, auctioneers uncovered 92-year-old Richard Capstran, whose mechanic father fitted the armour.

He said Capone’s mobsters arrived and told him what they wanted doing.

Capstran said: “My dad said ‘we don’t do that kind of work here,’ and they said ‘you do now'”.

The car was then backed into the garage so no one could see what was happening to it.

Mr Capstran said Capone turned up to pay the bill himself and even gave the ten-year-old Mr Capstran a ten dollar note – a small fortune to a young boy at the time.

 http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/al_capone_car

by The Punjapit Alliance

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