Preston Tucker - Though the Tucker '48 Sedan (the Tucker Torpedo) was the first car with seat belts and many other safety features not found in cars until the 1960s, it is most remembered for its center headlight that moved with the steering wheel. Both Tucker and his company became surrounded in controversy concerning Tucker's sale of 2000 dealer franchises up front for a car than never went into full production. It is now clear that the Big Three automakers along with columnist Drew Pearson and Michigan Senator Homer Ferguson used politics to get the SEC to shut Tucker down. He was found Not Guilty in 1950. Only 51 cars were ever made. The Tucker story.
Car of the year 1950
Two years after the Tucker '48, Studebaker successfully applies the torpedo to the front end of its 1950 sedan. 1950 Studebaker at how it works
The Oldsmobile Rocket 88!
The Races 1950
NASCAR Championship – Bill Rexford
AAA Racing – Henry Banks won the series
Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500
Formula One Champion – The first World Championship won by Giuseppe Farina, driving an Alfa Romeo.
24 hours of Le Mans – Louis Rosier/Jean-Louis Rosier driving a Talbot-Lago
Rally racing – M. Becquart/H. Secret won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Hotchkiss
Drag racing – The Santa Ana Drags at Orange County Airport in Southern California becomes the first commercial drag strip, Santa Ana Drags
The Year That Was
A retro, nostalgic multimedia journey through the years
Fiftes - Ticky Tacky - 1950s
(c) Copyright 2006 - 2011