Top five classic cars with a criminal history
We like to stay on the right side of the law at AutoClassics, but these are five of the best classic cars with a criminal past
From Al Capone's Cadillac to the Yazuka supercars
We've all heard of criminals like Al Capone or Bonnie and Clyde. Some are famed for the cars that accompanied them, and often used for crime too.
These are cars that have been used to develop famous shots, or simply models that have ignited the owner's passion. Even today, for example, the powerful families of the underworld are granted a supercar dream.
The Cadillac of Al Capone
The 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan that belonged to the famous outlaw Alphonse "Al" Capone has one of the most fascinating stories, and in 2012 was auctioned for the beauty of $341,000 (£217,488, €277,709).
It may initially appear 'normal', but it was actually modified with armour. The windows are bullet-proof, the doors and body panels are reinforced with about 1360kg of sheet steel reinforcement.
After being confiscated from the fearsome Italian-American gangster in the tax evasion trial that took him to his cell, it was used by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt until his own armoured car came into service.
Bonnie and Clyde's Ford Fordor Deluxe
The cars were the passion of Clyde Chestnut Barrow, who was born in Ellis County on March 24, 1909 and died at the hands of law enforcement in Bienville Parish, Louisiana on May 23, 1934 aboard a bullet-laden Ford V8 flathead.
Next to him, in the front seat, was Bonnie Parker, his 'blue-eyed girl'. In the car there was fifteen licence plates, automatic and semi-automatic rifles and over three thousand rounds. The two were buried in Dallas, but in different cemeteries because the families of both opposed a common burial. The car is on display in a hotel in Nevada.
The White Uno Gang
Between the '80s and the' 90s the Uno gang was very famous in Italy. The name derives from the Fiat minicar that was often used in their crimes.
The car was near ubiquitous in Italy and therefore difficult to identify. Between 1987 and autumn of 1994, the criminal gang completed more than one hundred operations, injuring 102 people and killing 24.
The Uno Turbo capable of 186mph
Another Fiat Uno very famous in Italy for its link with the underworld is the Uno Turbo seized by the Carabinieri in 2014 from the Zagaria family, members of the Casalesi clan.
It was pimped to the point that it could reach 186mph, with an engine from a Fiat Bravo 1600cc turbo equipped with sport filters and a large carburettor. The body and the trim of the car were also revised, as well as larger tyres being fitted.
Weight saving procedures were extreme, stripping it of everything bar the driver's seat and the dashboard.
The Yakuza supercars
The 2006 film 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' showed the world the Japanese passion for tuning, particularly in the underworld.
A few years later, Luke Huxham, a film director who lives in Japan, made a documentary about the Yakuza, where the supercars are covered in stickers and coloured LEDs.
The gangster Morohoshi-san said: 'It's not for adrenaline. My bōsōzoku [the Japanese term that designates the drivers' clans] allows me to reveal who I am.'
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