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The 1948 Tucker was the car that could have changed the automotive industry as we know it today. A stunning beauty then as well as now, Preston Tucker's car was the cause for great concern at the big three auto makers when they became aware of it.

Fast and powerful for its day, the Tucker 48 was also designed with occupant safety in mind, a consideration that took the big three more than a decade to come around to, and then due mostly to government regulations. Many of the Tucker's safety features and design ideas later became standard on other cars. (Ford introduced its Lifeguard Design Safety Package in 1956, and made it available on any Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury vehicle. Included in the package were standard as well as optional safety features, but the optional features weren't frequently ordered by new car customers.)

With an aerodynamic design that is comparable even to modern cars in its ability to slip through the wind with little resistance, the Alex S. Tremulis fastback sedan styling has aged well, and still looks good today.

Only 51 cars were built, and an incredible 47 of them still exist today! For additional information, please visit The Official Tucker Club of America.

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