A Bit Of Car History

From my email inbox:

Nice bit of history, concerning about the auto that was used to protect President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Hours after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his infamy speech to Congress the next day, and although the trip from the White House to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren’t sure how to transport him safely.
At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more than $750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do that, and nobody had time for that.
One of the Secret Service members, however, remembered that the US Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone owned when he was sent to jail in 1931. They cleaned it, made sure it was running fine and had it ready for the President the day after.

Al Capone's car that was seized by the U.S. Treasury
Al Capone’s car that was seized by the U.S. Treasury


And run properly it did. Capone’s car was a sight to behold. It had been painted black and green so as to look identical to Chicago’s police cars at the time. It also had a specially installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille, along with a police scanner radio. To top it off, the gangster’s 1928 Cadillac 341A Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor and inch-thick bulletproof windows. Mechanics are said to have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy well into the night of December 7th, to make sure that it would run properly the next day for the Commander in Chief.
The car was sold at an auction price of $341,000 in 2012.


7 replies on “A Bit Of Car History”

  1. I love history and this is quite a nugget! Sorry I haven’t been around for awhile. My husband is finally at home after 91 days of hospital confinement! Keeps me busy being caregiver but I wouldn’t have it any other way…just so glad he was able to be discharged 😉 Happy Labor Day! Be safe!


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