After WWII, Preston Tucker had a rather impressive goal – break into the Big Three dominated auto market. This attempt was a commercial failure, but lead to some rather innovative cars. Extant Tucker’s often sell at close to $1 million. The story has been told several times, and most famously by Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film “Tucker: A Man and His Dream.”

Good stories never die… or so it seems. Recently the Tucker tale has been resurrected, thanks to the discovery of a previously unknown model, the Tucker Convertible. Arguments over the authenticity of the vehicle are raging. Some believe it a secret prototype. In any event, the Convertible has again brought light to a piece of American manufacturing history. Read the full story in today’s NYT.

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