When Preston Tucker launched his car company, a rumor persisted that the cars he was making could not back up. The production cars could - as seen in this video I shot of #46.
The oddball notion got started when a Chicago reporter went for a ride on a test chassis at the plant and the engineer told him that the chassis was incomplete. Among other things, it had no body. But, the transmission was likewise a work-in-progress with no reverse gear. When the story hit the papers, many people did not catch the nuance and soon, critics were claiming that “Tuckers can’t back up!”
I wrote a book about these cars and the man who made them and that book will be out in July. If you want to see more footage of #46 and me and a Tucker expert discussing it, check this out.
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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 24 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.
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