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1940 Cadillac Limousine V-16, owned by Al Capone, original un-restored

In January 1930 the V-16 Cadillac made its debut followed in September by the V-12.

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In January 1930 the V-16 Cadillac made its debut followed in September by the V-12. Both engines were overhead valve developing 165hp and 135hp respectively. President Herbert Hoover was ridiculed for purchasing a grandiose 1932 Cadillac V-16 Fleetwood Imperial in the midst of depression. Months later he was voted out of office.

For 1934 the V-16’s wheelbase was stretched to 154 inches making the Cadillac America’s lengthiest production car. The spare tires are built into the front wheel well covers. A new V-16 engine was introduced in 1938 only to be permanently dropped in 1941. Only 7 Series 60 V-16 Limousine’s were produced in the 1940 model year.

Al Capone, the most famous gangster ever, was from Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for smuggling and bootlegging liquor and participating in other illegal activities during the United States prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s.   Capone was indicted for tax evasion in 1931 and served time in Alcatraz from 1932 to 1939. After his release from prison Capone moved to Palm Island, Florida where he suffered from health issues, dieing in 1947.

Fun Facts: When this car was purchased from a museum, two machine guns were found in the trunk.  It is not armored and there are no bullet holes. The gas tank holds 40 gallons of gas.

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