The world premiere of the much-hyped Tucker Torpedo

Thursday 19th June 1947

The world premiere of the much-hyped Tucker Torpedo. Over 3,000 people showed up for lunch, a train tour of the plant, and the unveiling in the main auditorium. The unveiling looked doomed, however, as last-minute problems with the car cropped up. The suspension snapped and the car would not move. Tucker ad-libbed on stage for two hours while emergency repairs were carried out. It was finally pushed onto a turntable by hand, and the curtain was lifted to thunderous applause. Tucker was joined on stage by his family, with his daughter smashing a champagne bottle on the “Cyclops Eye” and soaking her father. Also on stage were Tucker’s engineers, still covered in grease from the last-minute repairs.

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