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Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow By Steve Lehto Jay Leno,

  • Title: Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow
  • Author: Steve Lehto Jay Leno
  • ISBN: 9781613749531
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942 And then in stepped Preston Tucker This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, MichAfter World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942 And then in stepped Preston Tucker This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had built race cars before the war, and had designed prototypes for the military during it Now, gathering a group of brilliant automotive designers, engineers, and promoters, he announced the creation of a revolutionary new car the Tucker 48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up Tucker s car would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match With a rear engine, rear wheel drive, a safety glass windshielf that would pop out in case of an accident, a padded dashboard, independent suspension, and automatic transmission, it would be attractive and aerodynamic and safer than any other car on the road But as the public eagerly awaited Tucker s car of tomorrow, powerful forces in Washington were trying to bring him down An SEC commissioner with close ties to Detroit s Big Three automakers deliberately leaked information about an investigation the agency was conducting, suggesting that Tucker was bilking investors with a massive fraud scheme Headlines accused him a perpetrating a hoax and claimed that his cars weren t real and his factory was a sham In fact, the Tucker 48 sedan was genuine, and everyone who saw it was impressed by what this upstart carmaker had achieved But the SEC s investigation had compounded the company s financial problems and management conflicts, and a superior product was not enough to keep Tucker s dream afloat Here, Steve Lehto tackles the story of Tucker s amazing rise and tragic fall, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker s magnificent car and his battles with the government And in this book, Lehto finally answers the questions automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades Exactly how and why was the production of such an innovative car killed
    Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow After World War II the American automobile industry was reeling Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army the car companies would need years to retool their production to meet the

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    1. All I knew of Preston Tucker was from the 1998 movie which I haven t seen since As I recall, it was a really good movie about a guy who has a dream to make a better car than was available after WWII from The Big 3 automakers Unfortunately, the Detroit automakers didn t like the competition and arranged for the Federal government to put him out of business For the most part, that s the story of the book, Tucker s attempt to build his car and the troubles with the government, although Tucker himse [...]

    2. This book is a history of the Tucker Automobile Company, and also a high level biography of Preston Tucker The book s primary purpose is to cover the history of the Tucker automobile company from its initial conception to its bankruptcy and liquidation Preston Tucker was a complex character who was both creative and naive He was a crack salesman who could convince investors to finance his high risk company, even after the prospectus highlighted its many risks Tucker s company failed due to lack [...]

    3. If I was a car lover, this book would probably have been rated 4 stars It is well written and very interesting just not my thing Having met the author and listening to him speak about Tucker made the book come alive for me I am looking forward to reading other books by the author If you a a automobile fan and interested in the history of cars other than the big three, read this book.

    4. A very detailed and well researched story about an incredible individual, who was of a hustler salesman than automotive engineer It s evident the author set out to write the definitive history of Tucker and as such it was kind of a dry read, but intriguing nonetheless.

    5. Lehto does an excellent job of telling the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to build a new car company with a car very much ahead of its time But just as he is about to start rolling cars off the assembly line the federal government begins investigations and lawsuits that cause the company to shut down just as it was being born At one point in the story I had to put the book down, not because of any problem with the story or writing itself, but because the story was too upsetting As Tucke [...]

    6. I received this book as part of a giveaway I was very excited when I opened up the packaging to find this book To be honest, I m not much of a car guy, but I was quite intrigued when I saw the forward by Jay Leno, the ultimate car guy.I decided to read this book right away As far as the forward, it was only a couple pages and didn t offer much besides saying the car was awesome The book itself was a detailed biography of the man who set out to compete against the big 3 US automakers after WWII T [...]

    7. I really enjoyed this story I did win it on I wished there had been a bit on the car There was lots to explain the politics that went on and how it affected the man Easy to read and it did teach me a lot about this time in history Well written hard to put down.

    8. A good biography of Preston tucker and his automobile Hard to believe that our government and industry leaders have not changed much today Money, power and influence impact the decisions A fairly balanced picture of Tucker s fight to start his car company and its failure.A giveaway.

    9. An entertaining bio that is meticulously well sourced Unlike the most recent Ford book submitted for consideration, the automotive engineering portions are accessible to non gearheads.

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