Wednesday 26th December 1956
Preston Thomas Tucker, the American car designer and entrepreneur, died at the age of 53. He is best remembered for his Tucker ’48, a vehicle that introduced many features that have since become widely used in modern cars, such as the roll bar, the shatterproof windscreen and fuel injection. Production of the Tucker ’48 was shut down amidst scandal and controversial accusations of stock fraud in March 1949. The 1988 movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream is based on Tucker’s spirit and the saga surrounding the car’s production.