Really interesting bit of car history
~~~~CAR TRIVIA ~~~~
Hours after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service
found themselves in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to
trip from the White House to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren’t
sure how to transport him safely.
At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more
than $750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do
that, and nobody had time for that.
One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered that the
US Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone
owned when he was sent to jail in 1931. They cleaned it, made sure
it was running fine and had it ready for the President the day after.
And run properly it did. Capone’s car was a sight to behold.
It had been painted black and green so as to look identical to
Chicago’s police cars at the time. It also had a specially
installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille,
along with a police scanner radio. To top it off, the gangster’s
1928 Cadillac 341A Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor
and inch-thick bulletproof windows. Mechanics are said to
have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy well
into the night of December 7th, to make sure that it would
run properly the next day for the Commander in Chief.