Al Capone is perhaps the most famous villain and criminal of the first half of the 21st century. Through bootlegging, extortion, and murder, Capone would come to control Chicago, including the mayor and police force. And Capone wasn’t shy about his blood money, giving generously to many charities and purchasing for himself a bulletproof Cadillac.
Autoblog reports that Capone’s armored Cadillac will soon be hitting the RM Auctions block, with a pre-auction estimate of between $300,000 to $500,000, proving that the famous bootlegger is still popular with collectors of all kinds.
The 1928 Cadillac V8 once carried over 3,000 pounds of abestos-lined steel plates that made Capone’s Caddy bulletproof. Most of that armor was removed during a 1952 restoration, though the inch-thick glass and tilt-down rear window for a backseat gunner remain.
Capone’s Cadillac last sold back in 2006 after spending time at numerous museums for the incredible sum of $621,000. Alas, the new owner John O’Quinn died in a car accident in 2009, and his estate has been trying to sell off the Cadillac since then. Even if the Cadillac sells on the low end of its estimate, that’s still a princely sum for an 80-year old car.