When you’re in a business like Al Capone was, you’d best hope your getaway vehicle is a capable one. There are countless instances of vehicles being immortalized thanks to infamous getaway stories, but Capone’s Cadillac sedan may top them all.
This video, shot in 1933 and reported by Atlas Obscura, shows Capone’s getaway vehicle in all its sinister glory. It was a cornerstone to the prohibition era, which included gambling, heists and other organized crimes.
The 1928 Cadillac Model 341A Town Sedan weighed three and a half tons and was completely bullet proof. The armored vehicle could also reach speeds of up to 110 mph. Not too shabby for the 1920s.
Capone also had a fake police siren installed to fool other motorists in order to make for quick getaways, and a “police pick-up radio” foreshadowed modern police scanners. Capone quite literally had ears on Chicago police at all times.
Check out the marvelous Cadillac in the vintage video right up above.