The Secret Service And Al Capone’s Car: What Happened? With the United States’ entry into World War II, the Secret Service increased its protective web around the President.
In December 1941, Franklin Roosevelt became the first President to use an armored vehicle. Originally belonging to infamous gangster Al Capone, the car was seized by the Treasury Department in 1932 on an income-tax evasion charge. The car’s armor actually was comprised of only bulletproof glass; the body of the car was still vulnerable.
The vehicle was used until limousines in the presidential fleet – such as the 1939 Lincoln “Sunshine Special”– were armor-plated in the early part of 1942.