A Pair of Fun Factoids About Cadillac

on Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

At Anderson Behel, we are delighted to be a Cadillac certified body shop and that’s why we’re happy to share this blog with you.

Al Capone’s Cadillac was the first presidential bulletproof limo: The infamous gangster had a 1928 Cadillac sedan just like the one you see here—though it was fully armored to protect against rival gangs’ threats on his life. It was impounded by the treasury department when he went to Alcatraz prison.

On the evening of December 7th, 1941 (Pearl Harbor), the Secret Service suddenly found itself in need of something bulletproof for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to deliver his “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress in DC. When asked where he got the car on such short notice, the president famously said, “I hope Mr. Capone doesn’t mind.”

Capone also owned one of the Cadillacs used in The Godfather and The Untouchables. His 1929 model was a favorite getaway car—it had a pair of bullet holes to prove it. Paramount Pictures bought the car and used it for a multitude of films, including some of the all-time gangland classics.

Cadillac is named after a Frenchman: Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French army officer, founded a town called Ville d’Etroit—known today as Detroit, Michigan. Apparently, they thought, 'Why not him?'

Cadillac founder Henry M. Leland apprenticed under gunmaker Samuel Colt: Leland worked in the legendary gunsmith’s revolver factory, learning the value of precision engineering—like using tools that could measure designs within a 1/100,000 of an inch—that he'd eventually take to Caddy.

Leland souped-up Oldsmobiles when he was younger. Why? Well, because he could. He reworked the single-cylinder engine from an Oldsmobile and nearly tripled its output—from 3.7 to 10.3 horsepower. Upon this, Ransom Olds (yup, that was his name) essentially told him to get lost, because the Oldsmobile chassis couldn’t handle such a powerful motor.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

Sources: Reuters and Wikipedia



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