Pablo Escobar, one of the most infamous drug lords in history, was known for his extravagant lifestyle, which included owning luxurious cars. Among his collection was a 1947 Fleetwood Cadillac, which has a fascinating history of its own.
The car was originally purchased by Al Capone’s son in 1947 as a gift for his father’s birthday. However, Capone passed away before he could receive the gift. The car then went on to become a collector’s item until the late 1960s, when it was sold to the Colombian president of Banco Dela, Republica of Columbia, who kept it as a private collection.
Pablo Escobar's 1947 Fleetwood Cadillac: A Piece of Notorious History pic.twitter.com/jafHpUYdK9— Pablo Escobar Cadillac (@Escobarcadillac) May 3, 2023
In the late 1970s, a scout looking to buy classic cars for Pablo Escobar came across the 1947 Fleetwood Cadillac and told Escobar the story of its origins. Escobar was intrigued by the car, not just because it was originally intended for Al Capone, but also because it was manufactured in the same year that his brother Roberto was born. Escobar purchased the car and kept it in his private warehouses for nearly 30 years.
After Escobar’s death, the car was kept by Edgar Blanco, one of the killers of Pablo Escobar. Blanco died in extradition in a USA jail, and the car was eventually purchased three years ago by Carlos Escobar, a cousin of Pablo Escobar, who keeps it as his private collection.
Today, the car is in optimal condition and is even drivable. However, what makes this car truly unique is the bullet hole in the front left door. According to the story, Pablo Escobar shot at the car because one of his henchmen, known as Popeye, took the car out of the warehouse without his permission. Escobar fired his gun at the car, but the bullet did not penetrate the thick steel and instead left a dent in the door. The bullet is still lodged in the car, serving as a reminder of Escobar’s violent reign.
The 1947 Fleetwood Cadillac is a piece of history that tells the story of Pablo Escobar and his lavish lifestyle. The car’s journey from Al Capone’s intended gift to Escobar’s private collection is a testament to its value as a collectors’ item. However, the bullet hole in the door is a haunting reminder of the violence that was a part of Escobar’s legacy. Despite its dark past, the car remains an object of fascination for those interested in the life of the notorious drug lord