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August 12, 1988 – “Tucker, The Man & His Dream” premieres

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On this day in 1988 “Tucker, The Man & His Dream,” hit US theaters. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Jeff Bridges as Preston Tucker, the businessman and auto designer behind the iconic Tucker Corporation. The movie followed his efforts to bring an all new safe and affordable car, the Tucker 48, to the US marketplace amid fierce backlash from Detroit’s Big 3. The Tucker movie goes on to show with the downfall of Tucker amid controversial accusations from the SEC. The film’s accuracy, as with any Hollywood product, is up for debate; yet it remains a popular feature with many automotive history lovers and drama fanatics alike. Learn more about Preston and the Tucker 48 here. Watch the trailer below.


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