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Tucker Tiger Anti-Aircraft Combat Car


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1938
Manufactured by: American Armament Corporation
Crew: 3
Armament: Turret: (1) 37mm Cannon; Hull: (1) .50 caliber heavy machine gun and (2) .30 cal machine guns.
Engine: (1) Packard 12-Cylinder Gasoline.
Miscellaneous Info: Designed by the famed automotive designer Preston Tucker, only one prototype Tucker Tiger "Tank" was built and tested by the US military.  Although, the car's performance was exceptional on roads, it was rejected by the army due to poor off-road performance; not because it was "too fast" as some references claim.  Tucker did design the car to also be fitted with tracks, but none were supposedly ever used or tested.   Another unique design feature was the car's turret, supposedly built using bullet-proof glass. There is some information available that refutes that claim, but there is also some credence to Tucker's design because even though the Tiger was never adopted, Tucker did go on to successfully produce aircraft and PT boat gun turrets later on during World War Two.
Data Sheet Available:   Tucker Tiger Combat Car Data Sheet by David Haugh


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  Tucker Tiger Combat Car Photo Connecticut State Library via US Library of Congress
Tucker Tiger Combat Car Photos US Army via David Haugh - Content Editor

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American Armored Cars A.J. Clemens
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armored Car: A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles Richard Hunnicutt
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
U.S. Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #40 Robert J. Icks
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

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