Al Capone's armored 1928 Cadillac hits the auction block
Would you like to own a piece of American history? Well, here’s your chance. An armored 1928 Cadillac V8 Town Sedan previously owned by Al Capone will soon be up for grabs at the RM Auctions St. John’s event in Michigan on July 28. Capone reportedly owned the vehicle up 1932 when he was imprisoned for tax evasion charges. Since then, the Chicago mobster’s Cadillac has spent several stints in museums and toured the country in numerous traveling shows.
As its name suggests, the Capone-owned Cadillac possesses a V8 engine, which delivers 90 bhp to the rear wheels courtesy of a three-speed manual transmission. The car also features four-wheel mechanical drum brakes and a 140” wheelbase.
The current car is painted green just as it was when Capone originally drove it. Capone chose the color green to mimic the city police cars of the day. Additionally, Capone outfitted the sedan with a siren and a driver’s side mounted searchlight. The primary difference between Capone’s customized ride and 1920s police cars is that the gangster equipped his with 3,000 pounds of bulletproof asbestos-wrapped steel plates with lead inserts and one-inch thick glass.
Although the car has been restored several times throughout the years, it is mostly in as-new condition. The only significant alteration is that new glass has been installed and much of the vehicle’s plating has been detached. That said, the vehicle still contains a secret rear window compartment where riffles can be stored.