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Mystery photos

In honor of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, here are some car photos I found in the archives.

Who owned this bulletproof Cadillac? And why did he need one?


Photograph by Howard W. Maxwell / Los Angeles Times

  • Vice President Richard Nixon after his visit to Venezuela? Interesting guess! But no.
  • Bugsy Siegel? Alas Siegel died in 1947. No.
  • J. Edgar Hoover? No.
  • Mickey Cohen? (Chris Morales). Exactly. And why did he need a new Caddy?

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Photo No. 2


Photograph by S.A. Hixon / Los Angeles Times

Photo No. 3


Photograph by Howard W. Maxwell / Los Angeles Times

Photo No. 4


Photograph by Howard W. Maxwell / Los Angeles Times
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Mr. cohen needed the bullet proof car since someone tried to blow his home up by placing explosives under the crawl space. He survived several attempts on his life here in L.A.

This Mickey Cohen bulletproof/bombproof car is in New Zealand at the Southward Car Museum, I have seen it in the flesh. It has actual bulletholes where the car was shot at several times.

--You're right. I found it!

this car is indeed in the southward car museum in paraparamu with the bullet holes ect nice car but why new zealand why is it here im from new zealand i thought it might of been a decoy car or something so its the real deal?


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