What's so unusual about Alex Tremulis' sports car model, is that it served as design inspiration for several notable car companies spanning several years. Starting with Tucker Corporation and ending at Kaiser-Frazer, it took on a life of its own between its corporate duties and almost (or maybe it did) became a reality in the process. The following photographs and articles document the life and times of this well-travelled sports car model that incorporated state-of-the-art concepts in streamlining and aerodynamics.
The concept for the sports car started at Tucker. Below, Alex Tremulis and the models of both the production Tucker '48 and the sports car appeared in the May, 1948 Tucker Topics, the dealer periodical distributed by the Tucker Corporation. The model appears to be either still under construction or just prior to getting painted.
The photos from this phtoshoot then appear in the April 23, 1949 Sunday Times with a description of the proposed sports car. A guaranteed 125 miles per hour from the car at this point!
Even with the standard production Tucker '48 doomed at this point, Tremulis still stayed on with Tucker until the very end. So this new endeavor for the model was most probably a side venture.
Below: October, 1951, Science and Mechanics picked up on K-F's future plans and ran the following photos and description of the model. By now, the car's top speed had increased to over 135mph.
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