Saturday, October 01, 2005

Person Of The Day: Preston Tucker

Preston Tucker was a revolutionary car designer in the late '40s, who invented one of the first cars to have seat belts come standard, all wheel suspension, windshields that pop out during a crash, and also had the engine in the rear of the car where it should be. The Tucker Car even had headlights that turn in the direction that you turn the car to eliminate blind spots.
Tucker was a man who stood up for what he believed. He was the perfect example of the American Dream.
Unfortunately, his car was so incredibly good it was a threat to the "big three" major American car companies. His company was shut down by the U.S. government in collaboration with the "big three".
Fortunately, Tucker was able to finish 50 cars before his plant was closed. 43 of those cars are still in existence today. One of his cars is even on display at the Smithsonian.
So the next time you take a ride in your car and fasten your seat belt, be sure to thank Preston Tucker for making cars that put safety first!

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