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The Tucker '48, powered by a helicopter engine mounted in the rear and capable of sustained speeds of 120 mph, was introduced in June of 1947 to great fanfare and public interest. It featured many safety innovations including the first pop-out windshield, padded dash, a passenger crash chamber, and a center headlight which turns with the steering wheel to light the way around corners.
Due to financial problems and a Grand Jury indictment, only one prototype and 50 cars were built before the venture collapsed. All defendents in the case were found not guilty of fraud, but their acquittal came too late to save the company.