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The Tucker


  This had nothing to do with the Holden apart from it was technically advanced for it's age and for that part of the world.
Tucker
DATE OF MANUFACTURE (1947-1948)

NUMBER MADE (51 of which approx. 46 are still around today)

PROTOTYPE ENGINE SIZE:
9.6 ltr
Boxer 6 cylinder
Rear engined
Aluminium engine
Fuel injected

INDEPENDENT SUSPESION ON ALL FOUR WHEELS

FOUR WHEEL DISC BRAKES

TOURQUE CONVERTERS ON EACH REAR DRIVESHAFT

TOP SPEED IN EXCESS OF 130MPH

SEATBELTS WERE STANDARD FITMENT

DOORS RECESSED INTO THE ROOF (like modern cars)

DESIGNED BY (Elex Tremulius ex Dusenburg senior engineer)

EMPLOYEES (2000)

One of the most famous flops of the century, Preston Tucker borrowed where ever he could and 50,000 investors had $25,000,000 sunk into this car. Dealers, which totalled 1872 paid deposits for cars they never recieved. All was lost on this very futuristic design which used aerodynamics and safety as a selling point. One of the unusual features was the centre headlight which turned with the steering wheel so you could see around the corners at night!  Another was the Gearchange lever which was attached to a stalk that come from the column, (something similar to the modern rally cars), it was only inches from the steering wheel!

Some say it was doomed before it began and there are others that say he was sabotaged by the big players who were frightened by the quality of what they saw.
 

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