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Series 341-A Town Sedan

Series 341-A Town Sedan (United States of America, 1928)

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One of these 1928 CadillacCadillacCadillacUnited States of America, 1902 > present79 models
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V8 Town Sedan was owned by Al Capone and armored for his protection.

The car has provenance back to 1932. Before that things are slightly murky. The car was not part of the IRS audit in 1931 that landed Capone in jail, but documentation shows that the license plate was registered to Capone's wife and was stored at her brother's (Capone's step-brother) Cadillac dealership. It was sold to a carnival family in 1932 who kept it for a year and then sold to a man who displayed the car at the Manchester Fun Fair in England. The armor was installed when the car was brand new by a body shop that worked on Capone's cars. It is among the earliest armored cars known to exist. Other modifications include bullet-resistant windows with heavy-duty springs to raise and lower them quicker than usual. The rear windows that would drop quickly to allow occupants to quickly shoot at would-be assailants. Extra glass was added to the bottom of the windows that hid a circular hole to shoot from. It has a 341 cubic inch (5.6 liter) L-head V8 with 90hp.



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Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Martyn Leland from the remains of Henry Ford’s car company. After financial disputes with its bankers, Ford left taking its name, and Leland stepped in, persuading the bankers to carry on with the carmaker. A new name was needed, and inspired in the French explorer that discovered Detroit in the beginning of the 17th century, Leland chose the explorer’s name to baptize the company: Cadillac.

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