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officials. The car itself weighted a whopping 9000 pounds, 3000 pounds of it was bullet-proof armour under the standard bodywork. The windshield and other windowswere made of inch thick recently developed bullet proof glass. It was alsobelieved to have had flashing red lights behind the grill and a real police siren.Some sources say that it was also the first private car to be fitted with a policeradio. Al had his friends at Cadillac make 2 identical cars.According to former US Secret Service,Special Agent, Mike Reilly on Monday the8
of December 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour andother United States military installationson the Hawaiian Islands, that nearly every radio in America was tuned in andwaiting to hear President Franklin D.Roosevelt address the US Congress andask that they declare a state of war with Japan.However, late in the evening of the 7
of December 1941, the US SecretService, led by Reilly decided that a ´bullet-proofµ car was needed immediately to protect President Roosevelt from possible assassins in America who weresympathetic to Japan or Germany. However, at that time federal lawsprohibited the purchasing of any automobile that cost more than 750 USDollars. A bullet-proof car would have certainly cost more than that. There wasno time to wait for the US lawmakers to pass legislation allowing for such avehicle to be purchased, there was definitely not enough time to build one andit was needed immediately.