Tucker 48 Torpedo

The Tucker 48 and sometimes called the Tucker Torpedo is an American Automobile produced in small numbers from Chicago, Illinois. Preston Thomas Tucker was the American automobile designer and businessman behind the Tucker 48. Prior to forming the Tucker Car Corporation, Preston Tucker worked at Dodge, Ford and Studebaker, mainly in sales. In the 1930s Tucker was interested in race cars and designed the Tucker Combat Car and the Tucker Gun Turret.


1948 Tucker
1948 Tucker

After World War II, the consumers was ready for totally new car designs after years of early 1940s automobiles. This provided a great opportunity for Preston Tucker and he formed The Tucker Car Corporation and built this awesome American automobile. Tucker began designing his new car in 1944. Due to negative publicity initiated by the news media the Tucker 48 was only produced for one year, 1948.


1948 Tucker
1948 Tucker

The Tucker was a four door sedan with a 334.1 cubic inch rear engine that was rated at 166 horsepower. It used a Tucker designed automatic transmission on a 128 inch wheel base. Some of the Tucker features were ahead of their time including the directional third headlight that would activate at steering angles greater than 10 degrees and would light the car’s path around corners. Other features included easy reach instrument panel, padded dash and a shatterproof glass windshield.


1948 Tucker
1948 Tucker

Other American automobiles beginning with the leter T

Tarkington – Tarkington Motor Car Co. Rockford, IL 1922-1923
Tasco – American Sports Car Co. Hartford, CT 1948
Tauton – Tauton Motor Carriage Co. Tauton, MA 1901-1904
Templar – Templar Motors Corp. Cleveland, OH 1917-1924
Temple-Wescott – 1921-1922
Tennant – Tennant Motors Co. Chicago, IL 1914-1915
Terraplane – Hudson Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1932-1937
Texan – Texas Motor Car Association Fort Worth, TX 1918-1922
Texmobile – Little Motors Kar Co. Dallas, TX 1921-1922
Thomas Flyer – E. R. Thomas Motor Co. Buffalo, NY 1902-1911
Thomas Flyer – E. R. Thomas Motor Car Co. Buffalo, NY 1911-1919
Thomas-Detroit – E. R. Thomas-Detroit Co. Detroit, MI 1906-1908
Thomson – Thomson Automobile Co. Philadelphia, PA 1900-1902
Thrift-T – Tri-Wheel Motor Corp. Springfield, MA 1955
Tiley – Tiley Pratt Co. Essex, CT 1904-1906; 1908-1913
Tincher – Chicago Coach & Carriage Co. Chicago, IL 1904-c.1907
Tincher – Tincher Motor Car Co. South Bend, IN 1904-c.1907
Tin-Lizzie T-10 – McDonough Power Equipment Co. McDonough, GA 1960-1965
Tin-Lizzie T-10 – Crue Cut Mfg. Co. Sugar Creek, MO 1965 to date
Tischer – Linton G. Tischer Tri-Car Co. Peoria, IL 1914
TMF – Termatt, Monahan & Farney Oshkosh, WI 1909
Toledo – International Motor Car Co. Toledo, OH 1902-1903
Toquet – Toquet Motor Car & Construction Co. New York, NY 1905
Touraine – Nance Motor Car Co. Philadelphia, PA 1912-1913
Touraine – Touraine Co. Philadelphia, PA 1913-1915
Tourist – Auto Vehicle Co. Los Angeles, CA 1902-1909
Towanda – Towanda Motor Vehicle Co. Towanda, PA 1904
Towne Shopper – International Motor Car Co. San Diego, CA 1948
Traveler (1) – The Bellefontaine Automobile Co. Bellefontaine, Ohio 1908
Traveler – Traveler Motor Car Co. Evansville, IN 1906-1910
Traveler – Traveler Auto Co. Evansville, IN 1911-1913
Traveler – Traveler Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1914-1915
Tribune – Tribune Motor Co. Detroit, MI 1913-1914
Tri-Car – The Tri-Car Co. Wheatland, PA 1955
Tricolet – H. Pokorney Automobile & Gas Engine Co. Indianapolis, IN 1905
Tri-Moto – Western Wheel Works Chicago, IL 1900-1901
Triumph – Triumph Motor Vehicle Co. Chicago, IL 1900-1901
Triumph – Triumph Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL 1906-1909
Tuck – Tuck Petroleum Motor Co. Brooklyn, NY 1904-1905
Turner – Turner Automobile Co. 1900-1901
Twombly – Twombly Motors Co. New York, NY 1910-1911
Twyford – Twyford Motor Car Co. Brookville, PA 1902-1908