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  • Interesting connection /Al Capone & Studebaker

    This... Just in!

    About two months ago, a demolition crew knocked down the old Bergl
    Chevrolet dealership building at 54th and Cermak Road in Cicero, IL.

    The building next door to Bergl (to the east) was at one time the
    Cotton Club, a Prohibition-era speakeasy owned by the Capone brothers,
    Al and Ralph.

    When they finished demolition, they found a 'ghost sign' on the Capone
    Cotton Club building for 'Studebaker' from 'Cicero Motor Sales.'

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    1) Any one have any information on the name of the Studebaker Dealer in Cicero, IL

    2) Did Al Capone drive Studebakers?
    64 GT Hawk (K7)
    1970 Avanti (R3)

  • #2
    When I saw the heading to his tread, I figured it had to go with the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre where Capone's mob shot rival gang members in a garage.

    Similarly, when working on my Studebaker in a garage, I've been tempted to shoot it.
    63 Avanti R1 2788
    1914 Stutz Bearcat
    (George Barris replica)

    Washington State


    • #3
      Nice. Speaking of "ghost signs", a local businessman is renovating an old brick storefront here in Trochu to make it a bottle depot. Last occupant was Harry's Bakery, and it has been vacant for a few years. He took down the plywood bakery sign, and beneath it, painted on the bricks, was, "Barber Shop and Pool Hall". Camera time!
      Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands


      • #4
        Interesting... maybe that's why my Dad liked Studees and Mum detested them.
        Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
        K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
        Ron Smith
        Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?


        • #5
          For a second there I thought you were going to say, "When they finished knocking down the wall Giraldo found an empty room."

          Mark L
          Mark L