That’s what’s the matter with me.
(with acknowledgment, Hank Williams)
As all know by now, I LOVE these cars. I know ours are better today. Much better. But hey, many of em also look alike. There’s hardly any individuality.
I wish I could own this car beside the look. It was Big Al’s car. Hey, that counts for something.
Capone was probably my first boyhood hero before I discovered Jazz of that era.
He had some nifty quotes too. Like the following.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way.
I don’t even know what street Canada is on.
When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality.
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
“Public service is my motto. Ninety percent of the people of Cook County drink and gamble and my offense has been to furnish them with those amusements. My booze has been good and my games on the square.”
“If the United States government thinks it can clean up Chicago by sending me to jail, well, it’s all right with me. I guess maybe I owe the government this stretch in jail, anyway.”
Capone’s Cadillac complete with steel armour, bulletproof glass and painted like an old Chicago police car go on sale for $500,000
Steel armour weighing 3,000lbs and bulletproof windows to protect prohibition mob king
1928 Cadillac painted to mirror those driven by contemporary Chicago police and the city’s official
Windows especially designed for exchanging fire with pursuers and protects it’s precious cargo
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
The bulletproof armoured car that kept Al Capone safe from his enemies is up for auction.
The U.S, gangster’s 1928 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan was fitted with 3,000lb of steel armour and painted green with black fenders to mimic a police car, with flashing lights, a siren and police-band radio receiver.
The bulletproof windows could be raised to reveal holes through which machine guns could be fired, while the rear window could be dropped to let his henchman fire on those chasing them.
(I don’t think that last ever happened. But not an altogether bad idea.)
Capone was eventually jailed for tax evasion, and ironically his 84-year-old car is classed as a classic and is therefore tax exempt.
Latterly owned by a U.S. car collector, it will be sold at RM Auctions in California on August 20.
The car even had a flashing light, siren and the first police-band radio receiver in private hands.
It’s a beautiful thing.