The Life Of The Original Public Enemy No. 1: Al Capone

President Roosevelt Used Capone’s Bullet-Proof Cadillac


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At one point the government seized the gangster’s 1928 Cadillac “Al Capone” Town Sedan. The bullet-proof vehicle included armor plating, bulletproof glass, and storage for a sub-machine gun. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the heavily protected vehicle for security purposes.

The four-door, five-passenger sedan sold for $341,000 at auction in 2012. It was displayed at the Niagara Falls Antique Auto Museum, the Cars of the Greats museum, and the Smoky Mountain Car Museum before it was sold to a private collector. The Cadillac is considered one of America’s earliest known examples of an armored vehicle.