Call it a "third eye" or "headlight"; maybe it's just that the sheer size of my dome affords just that little extra sort of gray matter that lets me see what's not there--or what could be.

Luckily I'm skilled, albeit just enough, to draw what I see. So let's take a look through the "Del-escope" at this 1949 Tucker Torpedo.

With the success of the Tucker 1948 under their belts, the Tucker Car Company worked to get the new Torpedo out to the public and the NASCAR racetrack for 1949 (check my website for the car the company entered at Daytona). Adding a two-door coupe to the lineup, but scrapping a wraparound rear window, what they finally produced was a refined version of a winning design.

Fast forward to the present. There are two build directions one could go. One, installing a complete front-wheel-drive Caddy Northstar assembly in the rear. The second, giving purists a panic attack, is to lower the body over a completely new rear-wheel-drive chassis. I'm going with option two. I'd love to see a supercharged Coyote engine with a six-speed manual and a fabricated 9-inch rearend. I'd wrap some big and biggers around some Ford Daytona-style racing wheels and drop it down about 4 inches. High metallic "Slime Green" paint and a charcoal interior round out this car perfectly.

With my alternate vision, I can see myself cruising in this beast next to a beautifully restored barn-find 1963 road race T-bird.

Thanks to Rob Ida and Dan Palatnik for information and reference material.