Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ten Things You Didn't Know About the '48 Tucker-- Part 1

From the Jan. 30, 2011, Chicago Tribune article by Paul Duchene.

1. ALEX TREMULIS' original design had a center driving position with swivel seats on each side, but it was changed to left-hand drive.

2. The first 589-cubic-inch ENGINE was situated crossways and intended to drive the back wheels directly through hydraulic pimps.

3. When buyers order a Tucker, they received THEIR CHOICE of a Tucker radio, seat covers or fitted luggage and the number of their car so nobody could jump in line, hence No. 1010.

4. RUMORS had been spread that the Tucker COULD NOT REVERSE. So this was the first thing salesmen had to show that it could do.

5. Tucker had hoped to get COL. ROBERT McCORMICK, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, on his side, but when the 6'4" man sat in the car, his hat was pushed down by the top. McCormick was not impresses.

More to Come. --RoadDog

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