Al Capone was many things: A criminal, a bootlegger, a tax dodger, and a notable philanthropist. But most of all he was a celebrity. His exploits sold newspapers by the truckload and his appearances in newsreels entertained millions in the era before television. That his armored 1928 Cadillac sold for $621,500 just six years ago is a testament to the mafioso's legend.

Now that car is up for sale again – it will be auctioned on July 28 at the RM St. John's sale in Plymouth, MI, prior to the Concours d'Elegance of America. The Cadillac is quite the piece, what with its inch-thick window glass and rear window that folds down to accommodate backseat gunmen. Although the big car once carried some 3,000 pounds of asbestos-wrapped steel plate in its body panels, most of that armor was removed when the car was first restored some 50 years ago.

The Cadillac spent most of its life being displayed as a museum attraction in Great Britain, Canada and at the Smoky Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee, which owned the car up until 2006. Notable collector and attorney John O'Quinn bought the Capone car at that time. O'Quinn died in a traffic accident in 2009; his estate is now selling the car.

RM's presale estimate of $300,000-$500,000 reflects a poor showing at the 2010 RM Monterey sale, where the Cadillac was a no sale with a high bid of just $355,000. But according to RM's catalog description for the St. John's sale, new information has come to light since the Cadillac was last offered, clearing up questions about the history of the car immediately after it left Capone's hands. Apparently the car was purchased by some carnies from an agent in Chicago, who then exhibited the car in 1932.

Whether this new wrinkle will impress potential buyers enough for the car to find new ownership remains to be seen. Perhaps it will again be consigned to museum duty, as continued curiosity over Capone's celebrity seems as solid as the Cadillac's armor plating.


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      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh I abso-friggin-lutely love this car. I'd have to say it's my favourite sedan from that era because I love the understated dark 2 tone color scheme and the sheetmetal body + radiator of the car gives off a very solid/substantial impression. There is nothing ostentatious or over the top of the style or the hood ornament. For a luxury car of that era, it is understated.
      ACook
      • 2 Years Ago
      So much style...
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful car.
      Nancy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What they fixed the holes? bummer...lol
      ronstein56
      • 7 Months Ago

      I know this car personally it was in Mr O Quinns collection and I had the pleasure of giving tours of some of his 1000 cars. The paint job was a duplicate of the Chicago Police Dept color scheme, and had a police siren, so it could go any where without any effort around town. We found a older gentelman who worhed on that car when it was painted, and  flew him to Houston to identify it. His only comment was that the trunk should have leather straps and not be bolted to the luggage rack as it was, We gave him a ride in it and he shed a tear thinking that he at his age he would never see that car again. The car also has a special pocket in the back of the front seat for a hand gun probably for Big Al. After Mr O Quinns Death all but a few of this wonderful and historic collection have been sold.. A sad ending which would have been one of the finest Classic Car Museums in the world   Ron Stein   HoustonTexas  .    .  

      zepeda1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is cool, but it 'd be cooler if it was full of bullet holes
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want Al Capone's Lexus, or Infinity or Acura...
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Much better than Bonnie and Clyde's Ford.
      ChrisTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone else wish they could go and live back in those times for a couple of years?
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChrisTT
        2 years of outhouses, no healthcare, no Taco Bell, no Tosh.0 - i'd rather just think about it. :)
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChrisTT
        It would be fun until you needed to visit a dentist.
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      bd64kcmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carburetor is hard to recognize, not mounted on the top of the inlet manifold as one expects on a V8. I think it is the black cylindrical thing on the firewall. Any Caddy experts out there?
      whwnsx
      • 2 Years Ago
      She'a nice
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