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Posted by on September 10, 2016


Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 the U.S. Secret Service found themselves in a bind.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his Day of Infamy speech to Congress on Monday  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.

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One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered 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 perfectly and had it ready for the President the next day .

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Al Capone’s 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan Became the President’s Limo in December 1941.  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.  And run properly it did.

Image result for Capone's 1928 Cadillac armored car

Image result for Capone's 1928 Cadillac armored car


It had been painted black and green to look identical to Chicago’s police cars at the time. To top it off, the gangster’s 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor and  inch-thick bulletproof windows.  It also had a specially installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille, along with a police scanner radio.

Footnote: The car sold at auction in 2012 for $341,000.00.

Thought you’d like to know this little morsel of our nation’s history.



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