Getaway: The Four Most Notorious Cars of Crime
Deemed one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century, cars changed the world almost instantaneously. Products and packages were delivered faster, travel times were cut in half, and speed became a factor in almost every aspect of life. While most automobile use was productive and generally safe, organized crime found a new way to gain an edge on authority. Although speed was always a factor, the gangsters, bootleggers, and organized crime syndicates considered other automotive qualities when selecting a car for their criminal escapades.
Cadillac Town Sedan
Considered by some sources to be the most notorious crime car of all time, the 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan was the preferred vehicle used by early century gangsters. It was also employed by on of histories most notorious members of the crime family named Al Capone. Although it only boasted ninety horsepower, the fact that it was easily converted into a bulletproof steel box helped matters. With up to one and one-half tons of reinforced steel, three inch glass, and a paint job that made it look like a common Chicago taxi cab, the Cadillac Town Sedan tops the list of the most notorious cars of crime.
Ford Model 18
With a Flathead V-8 and an affordable price, the Model 18 became the getaway car for outlaws like Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, and many others on the early 1930’s. The revolutionary power and maneuverability created one of many legendary muscle cars married to crime.
1940 Ford Coupe
With enough room for some junk in the trunk, the 1940 Ford Coupe was a moonshiners dream. Still leaning on that Flathead V-8 that made their 1930’s models so prized, the Coupe delivered the speed moonshiners needed to outrun the law and make their delivery on time. Because of an over-sized engine block, the Coupe allowed for larger engines to be installed if the factory Flathead couldn’t get the job done.
1972 Cadillac El Dorado
While not exactly known for its break-neck speed, the El Dorado became the flagship vehicle of organized crime. Like the Decepticon car emblem of the present, the Cadillac emblem was capital. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, European crime syndicates overtook cities like Chicago, New York, and almost the entirety of Las Vegas. During this time, comfort and style was the name of the game, though the Cadillac boasted other features that proved valuable to criminal ventures. With an over-sized trunk for hauling and welded steel under the chassis, the El Dorado allowed the men of the underworld to ride in style while feeling safe and secure.