Preston Thomas Tucker was an industry veteran with a lot of knowledge about cars, and he used that knowledge to dream bigger than just about anyone else in the U.S. motor industry after World War II. The reasons why he did not succeed remain controversial, but success is not only measured in dollars and production numbers. It's also measured in lasting memories, and for many, the Tucker 48 remains a rolling symbol of the American dream and one of the most advanced early post-war automobiles. Tucker’s concept was revolutionary.
He intended to use a rear-mounted engine with all-independent rubber-sprung suspension and disc brakes on all four wheels. Drive was to be by twin torque converters, one at each rear wheel. The body design was penned by former Auburn designer Alex Tremulis, and it incorporated numerous safety features that Tucker promoted, including a windscreen that would pop out in an accident, a wide space under the dash pad into where front seat passengers could duck before a collision, and a centre-mounted third headlight that would turn with the front wheels.
Auctions America will be offering this example at their Fort Lauderdale auction on the 1st-3rd April. It's estimated to fetch between $950,000 – $1,250,000. For more info on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Ryan Merrill Photography.