The 1948 Tucker Sedan or Tucker ’48 Sedan (initially named the Tucker Torpedo) was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity initiated by the news media, a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial (which allegations were proven baseless in court with a full acquittal). Speculation exists that the circumstances which brought the Tucker Corporation down were contributed to by the Big Three automakers and Michigan senator Homer Ferguson. The 1988 movie, Tucker: The Man and His Dream is based on Tucker’s spirit and the saga surrounding the car’s production.
Some say that the car was way ahead of its time. Among its innovations were an all aluminum, water-cooled, rear-engined car with fuel injection, four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes. The center headlight in the nose of the hood turned in the direction of the steering wheel. The Tucker had seat belts, integrated rollbar and magnesium wheels.
You may or may not have heard of the Tucker automobile. Get an eyeful of Tucker cars in our gallery coming up next.
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Tucker part 1 (Adjust your speakers accordingly. These two videos are a little too quiet.)
Tucker part 2
David Cammack – Collector of all things Tucker
Behind the wheel