Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 , the Secret
Service found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to
give his Day of Infamy speech to Congress on Tuesday, 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, 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.
Now the President’s Limo December 1941
1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan
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.
Footnote: The car was sold at auction in 2012 for $341,000.
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