There’s no other postwar car that’s as dramatic or advanced as Preston Tucker’s futuristic ’48 Torpedo. With four-wheel independent suspension, rear-mounted Bell helicopter engine, pop-out safety windshield, and uncrushable passenger compartment, it was 20 years ahead of its time. “You’ll step into a new automotive age when you drive your Tucker ’48,” bragged the ads.
On Christmas Eve in 1946, Alex S Tremulis was hired by entrepreneur Preston Tucker and given six days to finalize the design of an all-new car. Tucker had kicked around the racing circuits of America before World War II and saw Federal support of smaller manufacturers after the conflict as a great opportunity to hit the jackpot by getting into serious automobile manufacture.