Armored Tank Attains Speed Of 114 MPH. (Feb, 1939)

This is the tank driving around in fast-forward at the beginning of the movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

Armored Tank Attains Speed Of 114 MPH.
AN ALL-WELDED armor-plated army tank which, it is claimed, can attain a speed of 114 m.p.h. over a level road and 78 m.p.h. over rough ground was recently demonstrated at Rahway, N. J. Invented by Preston Tucker, an armament manufacturer, the tank weighs 10,000 pounds, which is 2,000 pounds less than the present conventional type. Besides machine guns, it features an anti-aircraft cannon, which is mounted in a turret atop the rear of the armored body.

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  1. shannonlove says: June 9, 201512:31 pm

    Man, that Tucker got around.

    The Army wasn’t impressed with the vehicle which is not a “tank” but an armored car with rubber tires. It was really something just cobbled togethers, steel armor on top of a conventional frame and lacked some basic armored car features like two-way steering (most armored cars had two steering wheels one going forward, one going backwards, so the car didn’t have to turn around while being shot at.) The turret on top was transparent, supposedly made of “bullet proof” thick glass but couldn’t have stopped a shot from its own guns.

    Tucker kinda sorta tried to sell as an airfield defense unit but the turret was to slow (IIRC heavy and unpowered) to track aircraft. Plus, it was really expensive.

    A real battle field model wouldn’t have gone 114mph, With enough armor to do any good, its suspension and even the chassi would have imploded at the first pothole at that speed. Not even modern vehicles can do that.

    A lot of designers, including the famous Christie, would strip all the weight out of their units, removing plate where it didn’t show, substituting subspec plating and using dummy guns, no ammo, no accessory stored, and one guy driving, and then zoom the thing around on a test track at some impressive speed. Often they just accepted the destruction of the suspension and/or the powertrain as long as it didn’t die where everyone could see.

    A story as old as wars and military purchasing.

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