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Profiles in Design
PRESTON THOMAS TUCKER
Creator of the "Tucker Torpedo"
As envisioned by Tucker himself, the "Tucker Torpedo" (as the concept vehicle was known) represented quite a departure from the
standard fare offered by the Big Three automakers. Long, low, and substantially wider than other large cars then available, with
sleek lines reminiscent of a rocket, it had doors that slid up into the roof and six chrome-plated exhaust pipes. Its unique safety
features included headlights mounted in fenders that moved with the front wheels to illuminate the road as the car made a turn, a
windshield made of shatterproof glass, seat belts, disc brakes, and a heavily padded dashboard to protect front-seat passengers in
the event of a collision. In another unusual twist, the driver's seat was positioned in the middle rather than on the left, with separate
passenger seats on either side.
Engineering-wise, too, the Tucker was different. It boasted a gigantic, fuel-injected, six-cylinder engine mounted in the rear that its
creator claimed could hit a top speed of 130 mph, maintain a cruising speed of 100 mph, and deliver an astonishing 35 mpg gas
mileage. In addition, it sported a revolutionary power delivery system of "hydraulic torque converters" that Tucker said would
eliminate the need for a clutch, transmission, drive shaft, and differential.
The American public responded with unbridled enthusiasm to Tucker's "car of tomorrow" and buried him in an avalanche of letters
and inquiries. But first he had to secure some factory space in which to make his fantasy a reality. Under the auspices of the War
Assets Administration (WAA), the federal government leased him a former B-29 engine plant outside Chicago, Illinois. Because the
deal was contingent upon his ability to raise $15 million in capital by March 1, 1947, Tucker then set about lining up potential
investors. However, he soon found out that in return for their financial support they expected him to surrender control of his
company, a notion he found intolerable.
The Man and His Dream"
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History tells us that would-be automobile mogul Preston Tucker was a silver-tongued con man, who misappropriated his investors'
money and played fast and loose with ethics and legalities in the pursuit of his dream. Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola isn't
buying this: to hear Coppola tell it, Tucker was "Mr. Smith Goes to Detroit," a sincere visionary who tried and failed to buck the Big
Three auto manufacturers. Moreover, he was a staunch defender of family values, as witness his inseparable relationship with his
loyal wife (Joan Allen) and adoring children. It was for his family's sake, rather than any dreams of financial gain, that Tucker
created the oddball three-headlight vehicle which he envisioned as the "car of the future".
Naturally, the corporate fat cats of 1947 can't abide competition from a rugged individualist; thus, with several politicos in their
pockets, they crush the Tucker and the man who built it. We'd have been more inclined to believe the story had Coppola adopted
a straightforward Capraesque approach and not utilized all sorts of complicated camera trickery. Somehow, by presenting Tucker
in so showoffy a directorial manner, the character comes off more as a sleight-of-hand artist than a bastion of sincerity. Even so,
Jeff Bridges does a nice job as Tucker, as does Martin Landau as Tucker's incongruous business partner. Jeff's dad, Lloyd
Bridges, appears in an uncredited role as a "bought" senator. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Ford Thunderbird Concept
Pontiac Bonneville Concept
Chrysler Barracuda Concept
Ford Mustang Concept
Motor Trend "Mustang Design Contest"
Selected as one of the 10 runners up.
"Steampunk" Bike Concept
Lincoln Mark IX Concept
NASCAR - AirCar Concept
"Dark Knight" Batmobile Concept
Light & Medium Truck -
Publication Cover Designs
Detroit Diesel Engine - Concepts
Member of the CCS Alumni Committee Since 1986
Center for Creative Studies, College of Art & Design-
Member of the Illustrator's Partnership
of America, since 2007
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