TUCKER CARIOCA

3D Modeling Historical posted on Dec 24, 2019
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Thanks of all your kind comments! It helps me to work better and better. I have made this model from only 2 (!) sketches, but the final 3D model seems very near of these 2 initial drawings. Model soon available for Poser and Daz. History of the Carioca : The Tucker Carioca is a concept car by Preston Tucker. Known as the second Tucker, the car never made it from the drawing board into real life. In 1955, six years after his acquittal by a federal court, Preston Tucker was back in the news again with a new car, the Tucker Carioca. The Carioca was designed by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. Preston approached Alexis about helping him to put Tucker number two down on paper. Being broke, bitter and hounded by creditors, Preston planned the Carioca to be his solution for his dream of mass-producing a car. Preston wanted to build cars that were fun to drive. His conception of a fun car was a sporty looking vehicle of intriguing design, whose performance was sparkling, and which could be sold at a profit for $1,000. The Tucker Carioca was to be sold in kit form. Alexis de Sakhnoffsky's first meeting with Preston Tucker took place in 1952 at Preston's machine shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Preston had managed to salvage his machine shop after his first automotive venture. At the meeting, Preston presented the basic ideas of his new concept. The Carioca was planned to utilize a maximum number of available parts, and a minimum of parts that had to be built from new tooling. The Carioca should also be a car that could be put together with little difficulty. Aware of the pitfalls, but fascinated by the thought of becoming associated with such an incredible man as Preston Tucker, Alexis agreed to submit ideas for the design of Tucker number two. Preston claimed that research had proved that from 10 to 12 pounds of accumulated mud, gravel and tar are carried at times under each of the four fenders of a conventionally designed car. Preston's solution to this problem was to fit his next car with cycle fenders that could be removed easily for cleaning, and thereby abet the road performance of the car. The front fenders were also equipped with headlights that would turn with the wheels as the car was steered. The car was also designed with a stationary headlight in the center, this had become a trademark of a Tucker Automobile. The Carioca was designed to be a rear engine car. Preston believed that a rear engine car offered several advantages, such as less noise, the front end could have a slim and streamlined shape, and there would be added safety for passengers in case of a front-end collision. The instrument panel of the Carioca was supposed to be really simple. It should contain an oversized speedometer surrounded by four blinkers, one for fuel, one for oil, one for temperature, and one for amperes. The pointed tail of the eventual design for the Carioca had been advised by racing car designer Harry Miller that Preston had worked with earlier in his career. The greatest deterrent to producing the car was the cost of body and sheet-metal dies. Some die work, like the hood and rear-engine cover, had to be considered. But for constructing doors, and other components involving simple one-way stretch or rolled operations, Preston received an enthusiastic response from a number of house-trailer builders. Those composite assemblies should be shipped directly to the buyer along with the rest of the parts for the kit car. Preston knew that throughout the country there were a lot of garage owners who were eager to obtain a Big Three franchise, but was unable to, for one reason or another. Preston hoped to tap this reservoir of frustrated car dealers, and also provide the future Tucker owner with a service outlet. The customer would be urged to have his car assembled by a specially authorized garage owner for a prearranged fee of $60. Hearing about Preston's plans to build the new Tucker, the president of Brazil, and Preston's friend Juscelino Kubitschek offered indictments in the form of tax-free plants if the car could be assembled in Brazil. Preston made several trips to Brazil and even considered launching the car in South America. Because of this possibility, Preston and Alexis agreed to call the car the Tucker Carioca. Carioca was the name of a ballroom version of the samba and also the name applied to a citizen of Rio de Janeiro. Tucker's travels to Brazil were plagued by fatigue and, upon his return to the United States, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Tucker died from pneumonia as a complication of lung cancer on December 26, 1956, at the age of 53. Tucker is buried at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Comments (15)


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gaius 9:22AM | Tue, 24 December 2019

Mille sabords ! et j'en passe...mais comment fais-tu pour créer des modèles aussi superbes ? Je suis baba (orum ajouterait un Gaulois sympathique !). Mais méfiance, d'ici qu'on la copie...qu'on te dérobe ton modèle !!!

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marcopol 9:24AM | Tue, 24 December 2019

Superbe modèle Alain, beaucoup de finesse dans le modelage ; connaissant un peu le concepteur Tucker, on dirait vraiment un modèle issu d'une autre planète.

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ikke.evc 9:50AM | Tue, 24 December 2019

Excellent, je ne connaissait pas ce model.

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Jean_C 9:57AM | Tue, 24 December 2019

Quelle histoire passionnante que celle de la conception de ce modèle destiné à être vendu en kit! Et quel étonnant résultat! Comme toujours un magnifique travail de modélisation!

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Parme Online Now! 11:51AM | Tue, 24 December 2019

C'est beau! Chapeau bas...Tu fais œuvre d'historien!

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London224 3:39PM | Tue, 24 December 2019

Wow Alain...this looks terrific.... can't imagine any car person not wanting this model... renders are beautiful.....

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ontar1 5:49PM | Tue, 24 December 2019

Wow, fantastic looking car!

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Domi48 1:50PM | Wed, 25 December 2019

Drôle d'engin, que tu as fort bien réussi. Quant au vrai, je n'en suis pas un fan!

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Maxidyne 12:51PM | Thu, 26 December 2019

Stunning model and renders my friend. I'll try the convertible look next.

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Navi 1:01PM | Sun, 29 December 2019

Wow, cette bagnolle était incroyable Oo, et magnifique travail sur son modellage en 3D !! Tous mes voeux pour la nouvelle année :)

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UteBigSmile 2:56PM | Sun, 29 December 2019

Super ces bagnolles, elles me plaisent tous, surtout la rouge avec le toit blanc!!! 👍

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KarmaSong 10:29AM | Thu, 02 January 2020

Wow ! Quelles magnifiques modélisations, c'est sublime et il en faut de la passion et ne pas compter ses heures pour parvenir à un tel résultat. Cette passion se lit aussi dans ton récit détaillé et très intéressant, sur Preston Tucker, un pionnier en son genre, un passionné lui aussi.

~•:¨¨:•°-:¦:-°•:¨¨:•~ Bonne et Heureuse Année à toi et à tes proches ! ~*~•:¨¨:•°-:¦:-°•:¨¨:•~

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Cyve 9:20AM | Sat, 04 January 2020

WOW... Elle est absolument géniale cette bagnole... Il faut dire que dans les années 50 les stylistes avaient une totale liberté pour exprimer leur imagination !!! et tes creation sont absolument GENIALES 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

wingnut55 8:33AM | Sun, 19 July 2020

fine work !

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A_Sunbeam 8:43AM | Thu, 19 November 2020

A very unusual shape and vision - thank you for the images and information!

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