Entrepreneur, auto enthusiast and designer Preston Tucker unveils the radical Tucker 48 Turbo prototype in a lavish ceremony at Tucker Corp.'s Chicago plant on June 19, 1947.
The cutting-edge car was an overnight sensation but was never mass-produced because of the inventor's legal and financial woes.
Tucker, a Michigan native and natural huckster, began his automotive career as a mail messenger for General Motors. He worked his way out of the mailroom and later joined the Lincoln Park, Mich., police department because he wanted to drive police vehicles. But he was banned from driving police cars after using a blowtorch to blast a hole in the dashboard of one to allow heat from the engine to warm the cabin.