Is This Preston Tucker's Lost Design?
Preston Tucker had big dreams of automotive glory with the Tucker 48, but those dreams were never fully realized through no fault of his own. The US Securities and Exchange commission took him to court where he was put on trial for fraud. Though he was acquitted, the whole thing was enough to destroy his company. Undeterred, he headed down to Brazil where he came up with a new car dubbed the Tucker Carioca. It was designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. According to Autoblog, these sketches may just show what that long forgotten car would have looked like had it ever been made. RELATED: See photos of the 1948 Tucker 48
The idea was to make something that would be both fun to drive and not too expensive to produce. It looked different with headlights atop the front wheel fenders and a third in the middle, similar to what was found on the Tucker 48.
The sketch also shows a unique, tapered, boat-like rear end that was supposedly one of the design features of the Carioca. The car was featured on the 1955 cover of Car Life and the sketches also match up with that image.
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Are these definitely long lost sketches of the Tucker Carioca? Unfortunately, there isn't a signature or date to be found for confirmation, but they definitely look like they could be, giving a hint at the design inspirations for this unique car.
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