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A Tucker 48, 1948

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A Tucker 48 automobile on display at Adams Auto Sales in Lexington in August of 1948. The Tucker 48 (named after its model year) was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded in March of 1949. Some components and features of the car were innovative and ahead of their time. The most recognizable feature was a directional third headlight that would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car's path around corners. The car had a rear engine and rear-wheel drive. A perimeter frame surrounded the vehicle for crash protection, as well as a roll bar integrated into the roof. The windshield was made of shatter-proof glass and designed to pop out in a collision to protect occupants. The remaining cars are sought after by collectors and can bring well over a million dollars at auction. Published in the Lexington Leader August 26, 1948. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

A Tucker 48 automobile on display at Adams Auto Sales in Lexington in August 1948. The Tucker 48 (named after its model year) was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded the following March. Some components and features of the car were innovative and ahead of their time. The most recognizable feature was a directional third headlight that would activate at steering angles of greater than 10 degrees to light the car’s path around corners. The car had a rear engine and rear-wheel drive. A perimeter frame surrounded the vehicle for crash protection, and a roll bar was integrated into the roof. The windshield was made of shatter-proof glass and was designed to pop out in a collision to protect occupants. The remaining cars are sought after by collectors and can bring more than $1 million at auction. Published in the Lexington Leader on Aug. 26, 1948. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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