Is Al Capone's Car Worth One Million Bucks?
Al Capone had an enormous ego and liked to do everything in a big way, so that’s why he drove a big car. He never lost his ego—but the car, on the other hand, was sold just 4 years after he acquired the vehicle. Capone was headed for prison for tax evasion, and there are a lot of places where a customized bulletproof 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan would be useful-- but federal prison is surely not one of them.
Here at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we work on Cadillacs once in a while, but they’re surely not as hold as Capone’s!
Capone—the most renowned infamous Chicago mobster and bootlegger known as the Public Enemy #1—was sentenced to 11 years. He was subsequently released 8 years later, but fading fast from neurosyphilis. In 1947, the 48-year-old Capone died from a massive heart attack after suffering a major stroke.
The good news is that Capone’s armor-plated Cadillac could be yours. The Capone Cadillac is being offered for one million bucks by Celebrity Cars in Las Vegas. The car (VIN #306449) was owned by the legendary collector John O’Quinn at one point, and it was sold by his estate for a total of $341,000 at RM Sotheby’s St. John’s sale back in 2012.
“The history of this Caddy is certainly interesting and entertaining, and the market spoke in 2012 with its last auction appearance,” Car Historian Andrew Newton said. “This vehicle doesn’t appear to have had major work since then, so it is hard to argue that it’s worth a lot more than it sold for 8 years ago.”
If you believe it is worth every bit of that sweet million a quick glance at the auction website reveals that financing is available. With a thousand dollars down and an interest rate of around 5 percent for 5 years, your estimated monthly payment would be almost 19 thousand. Quite a hefty sum, to be certain, but the car’s story is obviously priceless.
The rear-wheel-drive Cadillac Series 341-A is fully powered by a 90hp, 341-cubic-inch L-head V-8, mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. It has 140-in. wheelbase and features a unique beam front axle and full-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and 4-wheel mechanical drum brakes. The interior is cloth upholstered and the bodywork is painted black with green accents.
The car was eventually sold to the Niagara Falls Antique Auto Museum in the 1960s and sold again in 1971 to the Cars of the Greats Museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. In 1978, it was acquired by B.H. Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Automobile Museum in Tennessee, where Atchley replaced the car’s glass, which by then was seriously yellowed.
Sources: Autobody News and ABC 7