Monday, August 8, 2011
Friendly Connection & The Tucker Automobile
The 1948 Tucker Automobile was revolutionary in its day. Some of its features included:
• A directional third headlight (aka "Cyclops Eye"), which would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners
• A rear-engine and rear wheel drive
• A perimeter frame surrounding the vehicle for crash protection, as well as a roll bar integrated into the roof
• A steering box behind the front axle to protect the driver in a front-end accident
• A padded dashboard for safety
• A windshield made of shatterproof glass, protectively designed to pop out in a collision
• Seat belts, a first in its day.
Only 51 were produced before Tucker was shot down by a myriad of problems, including the possibility that The Big Three automakers and Michigan senator Homer S. Ferguson played a major part in its failure.
One of the best known Tuckers was painted Waltz Blue (matching the color of one of Mrs. Tucker's favorite dresses), making it the perfect one to attract Gene Marshall's attention.
Here, Gene models Love Letters while posing with a red colored Tucker:
That's right; luggage in the front, engine in the back!
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