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The 1948 Tucker “Torpedo”

There are a lot of interesting stories that dot the landscape when you look back into the history of the automobile manufacturing industry, and one of them revolves around a man who was named Preston Tucker, who was born in 1903.

Tucker could best be described as an entrepreneur who had developed a fervent interest in cars as a youngster, and he made a living as a car salesman prior to the Second World War. Upon learning of the acrimony leading up to the conflict, he designed a high speed armored car along with an associate, Harry Miller. It was originally intended for the Dutch, but the deal was never consummated. The American military wasn’t interested in the vehicle, but they were impressed by its gun turret, so the “Tucker Turret” went into production; it was used on PT boats and some aircraft.