When WWII ended in 1945, American carmakers had spent the last five years building airplanes, tanks, and other military vehicles. When the time came to start producing cars again, the designs were the same as when production was interrupted at the start of the war, and Preston Tucker saw an opportunity — an all-new design from an all-new company. The result was the Tucker 48, a rear-engined car with unique three-headlight styling that was completely unlike anything being made. The design was revolutionary, but the short timescale of the project meant that the engineering never caught up, and only 50 Tucker 48s were made. Chassis 1034 shown here is one of the rare factory-completed cars with a documented history since it was new. One of only 12 finished in Waltz Blue Metallic, the car has seen only 6,200 miles in over 70 years and has never needed major restoration, making it one of the best Tuckers on the market.
Photos: Mike Maez