Tucker 48 replica was one of the best and Amazing beautiful car in the world. Well, That was a long time ago. So what happened to Tucker? Here is the rest.
When the initiative of an entrepreneur is not accompanied by the business vision of an entrepreneur, the ideas, however brilliant they may be, are doomed to failure. This is the case of many concept cars that were so far ahead of their time that they were not understood by their contemporaries and were relegated to oblivion. The Tucker 48 was one of them.
To understand what the creation of the Tucker 48 meant, we have to go back to the teenage years of Preston Tucker, a young man who, like so many in Detroit, grew up watching the world change by speed thanks to the cars produced in his hometown.
Preston Tucker began his flirtation with the motor world doing small repair and rehabilitation jobs for old cars until he earned enough money to have a modest business of buying and selling vehicles parallel to his studies, but he gave up both activities when he was offered a job as a office worker at the Cadillac factory.
Tucker honed his insights into the world of motoring later worked at Ford Motors, at a gas station, and even as a Detroit police officer just because he could drive patrols at high speeds.
After a decade of being a successful seller in various automotive dealerships, Preston Tucker tried his luck in the military industry or had very good results, not because of bad designs but because of a series of geopolitical circumstances (including World War II) that affected the normal development of all industrial activities.
Tucker was involved in various tasks for many years, but only to stay afloat and make money to invest in his great project: the Tucker 48.
Since the end of 1945, Tucker had sought funding to develop a car with an aerodynamic design, safety and comfort systems that had so far not been seen or even projected on another prototype. Preston Tucker began to make a name for himself as an eccentric visionary and designer of “wheeled torpedoes,” referring to the first published sketches of what would be his first and only commercially launched car.
Tucker 48 replica features
The Tucker 48, apart from its eye-catching bullet train appearance, incorporated the following innovative features:
Directional headlight parallel to the position of the front wheels
Deformable cabin with safety perimeter to avoid injury to passengers in the event of a collision
Four-wheel independent suspension
Optimized weight distribution with rear engine / transmission and central gas tank
Maximum speed of over 160 km / h (Very high speed for the date and in the sedan body)
So How Tucker Failed
Another aspect that attracted attention around Tucker Motors was all the media commotion, shows all over North America and the company’s IPO, in what we can consider the first major advertising release of a car in history. Such was the amount of investors and general enthusiasm that Tucker was the target of investigations by state public administration organizations.
A series of lousy administrative decisions, failed investments and the final cost of the Tucker 48 500% higher than planned made it impossible to start large-scale production, with the consequent bankruptcy and premature closure of the company.
Preston Tucker died in 1956 after several attempts to afloat his company, without realizing that the only 51 Tuckers 48 produced would become museum pieces and objects coveted by collectors around the world to the point of reaching pay about 2 million US dollars for them.