The Tucker Torpedo was the brainchild of visionary inventor Preston Tucker and was called the 1940s Car of the Future.
It was a rear-wheel drive car with a rear mounted Franklin 035 6-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. The engine was an air cooled aircraft engine which Tucker converted to liquid cooling.
The car had 4-wheel independent suspension.
It had a third "cyclops-eye" headlight that turned with the front wheels. The doors were cut into the roof for ease entry and exit.
Only 50 of these unusual cars were built -- all of them in 1948.
I overhead a man say he saw a Tucker out on the road in 1948 with a neon sign in the rear window that read, “You’ve just been passed by a Tucker” and would light up when passing other vehicles. I was never able to verify that story so, although interesting, may not have been factual.