Al Capone’s bulletproof 1928 Cadillac Town Car could be yours

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Are you a well-to-do crim? Forget your AMG Mercedes and get yourself a real gangster’s car

Here’s one for the discerning criminal enthusiast or history buff… or perhaps you’re a well-to-do crim yourself. Forget that AMG C63 you’ve been eyeing – you should buy this: Al Capone’s personal 1928 Cadillac Town Car!

It’s on the market from Las Vegas’ Celebrity Cars and wears an eye-watering price of AU$1.5 million.

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The 1928 V8 Cadillac features heavy bulletproof body work (weighing some 1360kgs) and was painted in an identical hue to Chicago’s own police cars at the time, complete with siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille.

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It also had a police scanner fitted to the interior, with the cabin encased in inch-thick bullet proof glass – the rear of which winds down allowing Capone’s goonies to fire upon would-be pursuers.

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The car was last sold in 2012 at RM Sotheby’s, to the tune of AU$509,000: which makes it’s 300% price increase a little perplexing – though cars with such unique provenance are often hard to place a value on.

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The car is powered by a 341ci L-head V8 and coupled to a three-speed manual transmission.

Capone’s car was sold just four years after he bought it, and virtually every owner since has sought to cash in on the car’s gangster provenance – having been housed in various museums and displays from the US, to Canada to England.

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The car is accompanied by extensive history dating back almost 100 years and is believed to be amongst the earliest surviving bulletproof cars.

Despite its rather grim provenance and ambitious pricetag – it’s an unrepeatable opportunity to own an irreplaceable piece of history.

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Is it worth the eye-watering money asked? Well that depends on who’s writing the cheque. As they say, anything’s only worth what someone is willing to pay…

 

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