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Find Of The Day: 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype II hides a secret Riviera

Ian Smith

The Tucker Torpedo is one of the great what-if stories of automotive history. Preston Tucker hoped to revolutionize the industry with a car unlike any other on the road at the time.

However, due to a variety of problems, he only managed build 51 vehicles before closing shop.

 

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According to Autoblog:

This  Tucker Torpedo replica  Tucker “replica”  might be one of the ugliest monstrosities ever put together. However, we might extend some leniency to the creator, as the vehicle isn’t actually trying to replicate the classic look of the 1948 Tucker 48 (a.k.a. ‘Torpedo’). Instead, it is attempting to reproduce an earlier prototype from 1946 that actually features that weird, trident nose. According to the seller, his uncle built the car as a labor of love and supposedly used actual plans from Tucker as inspiration.

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Underneath all of the crazy changes is a 1971 Buick Riviera powered by a 455-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) Buick V8. Some of the replica’s odder modifications include the front fenders that turn with the wheels and the fin running down the back. All three headlights work, but the one in the middle is only for the high beams. Oddly, the small hinged sections on the roof are meant to open to avoid hitting your head when getting in or out.   writes Autoblog

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