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Tucker Torpedo

Tucker Torpedo

It was a fairy tale that went disastrously wrong. Millionnaire Preston Tucker, a car industry man through-and-through, decided that America needed an advanced and modern car that would wow the world, and secured the backing of several well-heeled investors to help fund the project. The Torpedo was unveiled in 1948 and caused quite a stir, with its striking styling, amazing aerodynamics, rubber-sprung suspension and distinctive middle headlight, which turned with the steering wheel to help drivers see round corners. But in reality, the Torpedo was a financial disaster that took far too long to develop, and the project was aborted when Preston Tucker was indicted on fraud charges. He was later acquitted, but investors lost confidence and the project stalled after just 37 cars were made, although a further 14 were constructed from leftover parts.

Tucker Torpedo Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (193 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):10.1 sec
Engine type:in-line six
Displacement:335 ci (5,491 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:166 bhp (124 kW) at 3,200 rpm
Max torque:not quoted
Weight:4,235 lb (1,906 kg)
Economy:13 mpg (4.6 km/I)

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