Rob Ida Concepts' Tucker Torpedo
The Tucker Torpedo was Preston Tucker's first concept for a Tucker Automobile. It was designed by George Lawson in 1946. Except for a small scale model, the Tucker Torpedo was never built. The final design for the automobile changed several times before it went into production as the Tucker 48. The Tucker 48 is a direct descendant of George Lawson's final variation of the Tucker Torpedo design. Alex Tremulis took Lawson's design further, before a five man team from J. Gordon Lippincott and Associates completed it. The team consisted of Hal Bergstrom, Read Viemeister, Budd Steinhilber, Tucker Madawick, and Phil Egan. The Lippincott team's design was the design chosen for production.
After building several fiberglass and steel Tucker 48's known as the New Tucker 48, Rob Ida Concepts and Ida Automotive began working on an aluminum version of George Lawson's Tucker Torpedo around 2009. Rob Ida's Torpedo will be built using old coach building techniques and tools. A wooden buck was made by scanning the model that George Lawson built on his kitchen table back in 1946. George's original model is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum. It was scanned, and the dimensions were converted to full scale before the shapes were CAD drawn and CNC cut. The individual pieces were assembled into a full scale model used to shape the metal panels on.
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