Primm, Nevada: Al Capone's Bullet-Proof Gangster Car

Pre-owned gangster car protected Chicago's crime king. The bullet-proof car was augmented with slug holes and damage -- for effect -- by its old owner.

Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino

Address:
100 West Primm Blvd., Primm, NV
Directions:
35 miles south of Las Vegas on I-15, inside Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino.
Hours:
When casino is open.
Admission:
Free.
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Capone car. Al Capone's Bullet-Proof Gangster Car

The car was built to be bullet-proof, but was never actually involved in any gunfights. According to several hotel employees, a few years ago when the old owner of the hotel/casino, Gary Primm, got the car he wanted to make it more *authentic* as a gangster vehicle to attract visitors. As a result he had some of the Primmadonna Hotel engineers tow the car out by the UPRR train tracks behind the complex, and he fired his own guns at the car. Then they towed it back and put it on display.

The car was never involved in any firefights -- especially since the hotel claims that it was even used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as his own car once it was confiscated. FDR was never ever shot at while in this car, nor did he ride around in a car riddled with bullet holes. So the car is real, but the damage to it is not authentic.

[Robert Rooney, 12/14/2010]
Al Capone car. Al Capone's Bullet-Proof Gangster Car

Originally built for Dutch Schultz in 1931 with lead-filled doors and inch-thick glass, Al Capone's mob took the car after Dutch's murder. Showcased within Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino. Bonnie and Clyde's "Death Car" is across the street. The car obviously took a lot of bullets!

[Taryn Bays, 07/24/2009]

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