Car people know of Preston Tucker. They're aware of his vision, and of the incredibly innovative Tucker 48. The flat-6, rear-engined car was clearly ahead of it's time, with mechanical and safety features we take for granted today. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded in March 1949 under the weight of negative publicity, and a damaging stock fraud trial.
By January 1950, the charges were deemed baseless, and Tucker was acquitted. The demise of his 48 and the false charges did not deter Tucker. He had actually initiated a second car - the Carioca Roadster.
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