26. Tucker Torpedo
The Tucker car company began in the late 1940s. Soon, they presented a fully functioning prototype that made the rest of the cars from Detroit look outdated. The Tucker Torpedo featured numerous innovations including safety glass and a central headlight that followed the movement of the steering wheel. Also, it had a roomy interior and the engine was in the back, providing lots of power and torque.
Basically, the Tucker Torpedo was so advanced that the Big Three – Chrysler, Ford, and GM – were afraid it would cripple their market share. So while Tucker prepared for full-scale production, the Big Three prepared a lawsuit to stop production and sink the company. Unfortunately, they succeeded, so Preston only built between 48 and 51 Torpedos. Today, almost all new cars feature some of the innovations that Tucker premiered in the late ’40s. And although Tucker didn’t have an effect on the market, it was one of the most American advanced cars in the world as well as an example of the dark side of the car business.