Tucker ’48: Car Of The Future Defeated By Bureaucracy

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Tucker facts and figures

The Tucker had a 128-inch wheelbase for a long, 219-inch body, but was notably low for its time, standing just 60 inches high.

Tucker 48 blue front

As revolutionary as the Tucker’s styling was, the car was even more novel beneath the futuristic exterior. The car featured an all-independent suspension and a rear-mounted flat-six powerplant derived from a wartime helicopter unit.

The Tucker engine was an all-alloy motor that weighed only 320 pounds, but produced 166 horsepower and 372 pounds/feet of torque from 335 cubic inches.

Tucker 48 blue rear
The Tucker was the first car to utilize a fully sealed water-cooling system.

In addition to its standard headlights, the Tucker featured a central “cyclops-eye” headlight that turned side-to-side with the front wheels.

Tucker 48 dashboard
To even upholstery wear, the front and rear seats in the Tucker were interchangeable.

Despite its size and weight (4,200 pounds), the Tucker could go 0-60 in about 10 seconds, and had a top speed of at least 120 mph, all thanks to an estimated drag factor of 0.30 – good even by today’s standards.

Current value: from about $500,000 on up (Tucker #1043 sold at a Barrett Jackson auction for $2,915,000)

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