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1948 Tucker

 (Only Year of Production)
BUILT BY:Tucker Corporation
 Chicago, Illinois
 (Approximate Price Forecast)
ENGINE:6 Cylinder
 166 H.P.
Displacement:334.1 Cu. In.

Designed by Preston T. Tucker of Ypsilanti, Michigan, the Tucker automobile was originally intended as a rear-engined torpedo-styled sports car with central driving position and three headlights. Plans later changed when stylist Alex Tremulis, formerly of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, became involved and the car was then to have a saloon body style, still rear-engined with automatic transmission, disc brakes, independent suspension and may advanced safety fearures including a padded dash, pop-out windshield and armored passenger compartment. Tucker raised capital and set up The Tucker Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. Several cars were hand built as demonstration models and early in 1948, Tucker announced completion of the first fifty production line Tucker Model 48 Sedans. When Tucker sought additional capital from the government's Reconstruction Finance Committee in mid-1948, the Securities and Exchange Commission chared him with fraud and regulation violations. By the time Tucker was vindicated in 1950, most of his holdings were wiped out by the costly court battle. Tucker abandoned further plans until 1952 when he was offered production facilities in Brazil to build a small car called the Carioca. Negotiations were still pending when Preston Tucker died in 1956. Including the prototype, a total of fifty-one Tucker cars were produced (47 are believed to exist). The Tucker displayed here is #32.

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