Senin, 23 Agustus 2010

I want to see pictures of Al Capone's car


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Why
: According to "16 Things You Didn't Know About Automobiles" (by the guy from The Oatmeal [or The Oatmeal himself; I'm not sure if that's the name of his site or himself]):
When Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, his armor-plated limo was seized by the Treasury Department. The day after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt rode that same limo to Congress to read his declaration of war.
Answer
: The 1928 341A Cadillac Town Sedan was green with black fenders - just like the ones driven by Chicago police and officials, wink. Lookin fancy!
It had 3,000 pounds of bullet-proof armor beneath the standard body. Its windshield and windows were made of recently developed inch thick bullet proof glass. The car also had flashing red lights behind the grille and a real police siren. It is also believed to have been the first private car with a police band receiver.
What a scamp.
Roosevelt used Capone’s car until 1942, when Ford armored a 1939 Lincoln convertible limousine the president nicknamed the “Sunshine Special.”
FDR had a snappy response when someone told him where his new car came from: “I hope Mr. Capone won’t mind.”
Source: Associated Content, American Gangster, Federal Times blog

The More You Know
: Something else about automobiles:

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