In the fight – and it was a fight to get Tucker’s dream car built – he used his charisma, described by Pearson as “a knack of making friends because he accepted people at their face value and instilled confidence in others.” Those friends would ultimately help Preston Tucker win the first big fight of getting a War Assets Administration to give him a plant in which to build his dream car. They would also prove helpful in creating Tucker’s vision of a better engine and a safer car.
One: “It will sound like a pronouncement from the National Association of Manufacturers or the Union League, but it nevertheless is fact that courage and venture capital–just plain gamblers’ guts–created every major asset this country has today, from oil and minerals to invention and industry.” But with Tucker, regardless of who was behind it, everything he did was met with resistance and the strength of government financing.
AND FILMMAKERS FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA AND GEORGE LUCAS CELEBRATE PRESTON TUCKER AS THE ULTIMATE BELIEVER IN THE AMERICAN DREAM.
IN A DAZZLING PORTRAYAL BY JEFF BRIDGES, TUCKER IS A DYNAMIC ENGINEER AND AN ENTHUSIASTIC SHOWMAN WHO ENVISIONS THE CAR OF THE FUTURE.
111 MINS; FULL COLOR
YEAR RELEASED: 1988
ABOUT THE MOVIE (from the sleeve): ACCORDING TO NEW YORK MAGAZINE, TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM IS "AS FAST, SLEEK AND STREAMLINED AS THE CAR--THE TUCKER TORPEDO, THAT PRESTON TUCKER BUILT IN 1948".
What we do know is that Tucker was a once-in-a-generation mind, and he was hampered at every turn by the very government that could have benefited from his ingenuity. Pearson takes a look at the man and it is a fascinating read. If you’re interested, be warned: after you read this book you will probably want to read the entire SEC report, but good luck finding them.
In order to pursue his dream of creating a viable automobile company, Preston Tucker took twenty million dollars from investors and produced only 50 automobiles.
I did not know Tucker was a policeman, that Tucker was flipping cars to make a profit, and that automobiles were his first and maybe one of his only loves. One statement sticks about above the rest; “Building an automobile that came as close as was humanly possible to his ideal was perhaps the one moral obligation Tucker recognized.”
I am still not a “car guy,” and I’m not sure that will ever change, but I am very much a Tucker man. His story was one that could have only happened when it had. The foresight he had in creating a perfect car may have been flawed, but many of the advancements he pushed to have in his car were adapted over time by the other big automotive companies.
I’ll find out more about this as I continue to dig deeper into Mr. Tucker and his Car and his Company. But for an overview, a general education on the man, his car and his company, watch , where Tucker is played by Jeff Bridges.