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For when your car is the only thing standing between you and gun-wielding maniacs

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This story appears in the June 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You don't have to be a U.S. president to ride in a well-armored car. In fact, more and more ordinary citizens are placing orders for Cadillacs, BMWs or Mercedes-Benzes that provide them with almost the level of protection currently enjoyed by the occupant of the White House.

The demand is growing for steel armoring; bullet-proof glass; and reinforced roofs, body panels, floorwells and wheel housings on private cars, which look almost indistinguishable from standard models. German manufacturers build armored sedans on their assembly lines, but most U.S. automakers send the cars for conversion to companies such as Scaletta Moloney Armoring Corp. (www.scaletta.com), where 40 percent more inquiries have been received since the September 11 attacks and where actual orders have increased 25 percent.

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