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About Tucker

The 1948 Tucker Sedan or Tucker '48 Sedan (also nicknamed the Tucker Torpedo) was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 examples were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, amid allegations of fraud.

Overview

After World War II, entrepreneurs like Henry J. Kaiser and Preston Tucker saw an opportunity to enter the automobile market. The United States government was auctioning off surplus factories and giving preference to upstarts rather than the large corporations that had benefitted from war production.

Studebaker was first with an all-new post-war model. But Tucker took a different tack, designing a safety car with innovative features and modern styling. His specifications called for a rear engine like Porsche, disc brakes, fuel injection, the location of all instruments on the steering wheel, and a padded dashboard.

Famed stylist Alex Tremulis, previously of Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg, was hired on December 24, 1946 and given just six days to finalize the design. On December 31, 1946, Tucker approved the design, dubbed the Tucker Torpedo. He had also hired another firm to create an alternate body, but only the horizontal taillight bar from that model appeared on the final car.

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4-door
6-seat
F6 12v 5.5L OHV MP-4
123.8 kW / 166.0 hp / 166.0 hp  504.0 N·m / 371.7 lb·ft / 371.7 lb·ft
   

Tucker 48 (1948)

4-door 6-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve flat (horizontally opposed, boxer) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5473 cm3 / 334.0 cu in / 334.0 cu in, 123.8 kW / 166.0 hp / 166.0 hp @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, 504.0 N·m / 371.7 lb·ft / 371.7 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual pre-selector 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 193 km/h / 120 mph / 120 mph top speed

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