Al Capone's Cadillac Goes Under the Hammer
Another thing worth mentioning is that it is also believed to be the oldest surviving bulletproof automobile, fitted when new with heavy glass measuring nearly an inch thick and completely lined with 3,000 pounds of steel armor plating.
Moreover, heavy spring lifts allowed the side windows to operate, while the rear window was rigged to drop quickly, allowing occupants to fire upon potential pursuers.
Technical details of the car include a 90 bhp, 341cc L-head V8 engine coupled with a three-speed manual transmission, beam front axle and full-floating rear axle, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.
In the late 1950s, the car underwent a process of comprehensive restoration. Most of the heavy armor plating was removed, but other features, including the bulletproof glass and drop-down rear window, were retained. The restoration was freshened in the late 1970s when, since the original glass was heavily crazed and deeply yellowed, a specialist supplied replacement glass of identical size and thickness.
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My mom told me many years ago but it did not really mean anything back then.
I tryed many times to see if i could see him in any of Capones pictures but no luck.