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Tucker Torpedo 1948
Serial/Movie: Tucker: The Man and his Dream

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Brand: Kyosho
Color: black
Period: November 2007
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A Man and His Dream

   After Halloween, a new model has arrived in my house: this time is the turn of the Tucker Torpedo (Kyosho), a particular car produced in the 1948 by Preston Tucker in only 51 items. The story of this car is incredible: Preston Tucker took a different tack, designing a safety-conscious car with innovative features and modern styling. His specifications called for a rear engine like Porsche, disc brakes, fuel injection, the location of all instruments on the steering wheel, a windshield that popped out in a collision and a padded dashboard. It featured a directional third headlight, dubbed the "Cyclops Eye", for use in turns, in a fashion similar to the prewar Czech Tatra T87 (the Tatra cars also had a rear mounted, air-cooled engine and advanced streamlining): it lit up whenever the car was steered by more than 10 degrees, a feature now known as Adaptive Headlights.
   The Tucker story and legacy were recounted in the 1988 movie, Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Starring Jeff Bridges, the film was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who owns one of the 47 remaining Tuckers in existence (the 1003, sold at auction in September 2005 for $385,000).

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"Hollywood 1:18 Wheels" is not part of Hollywood Sign Trust and is not linked to the association or to any members of this community. A mission of this site is to provide information to help diecast collectors to found any type of car used in movie or serial TV. All images copyright � by Fabiano Spinelli. All rights reserved. You may not upload these images to a web site or distribute it commercially or otherwise. It is illegal to use these images on your web site and to post on community web sites. Copyright � 2007. July 16, 2007.

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