Public Enemy No. 1, Al Capone, made his fortune through the laws of Prohibition, affording him wealth that few of us enjoy. And what did the wealthy drive in the U.S.? Sure, there were some foreign jobs like Hispano-Suiza and Isotta Fraschini that were tops in styling and engineering, but America also had her “Standard of the World:” Cadillac. While a few years away from the V-16 monsters of the 1930s, Al’s 1928 Cadillac Model 341A Town Sedan was at the forefront of America luxury.
It also was at the forefront of armored car history, being one of the first built. Said to weigh 7,000 pounds and modified to run 110 mph (a stock, two-ton Caddy struggled to hit 100), Capone’s Caddy had other special features such as regulation police siren and radio to help his henchmen breeze through traffic and evade the law. See the green and black paint? Done in a similar scheme to Chicago’s police cars.
The U.S. Treasury Department impounded and kept Capone’s Caddy after he was arrested in 1931. When FDR went to Congress to ask for a declaration of a state of war on December 8, 1941, he rode in this Cadillac.