The first five commenters nailed it, much as everyone likes to root for an underdog. In the October, 1950 Road & Track, John Bond, nominally tech editor, a General Motors Institute mechanical engineering grad who designed Harley-Davidsons, then worked for Studebaker and White Trucks before he and wife Elaine saved the foundering Road & Track, using the New Yorker as their guide, publishing the nation's longest running car buff magazine to this day, mused in his monthly column, Misc. Ramblings:
"Amazing how many people still think the Davis 3-wheeler could have been a success. The car as planned was unstable, the single front tire was overloaded, and the price with all the featured gim-cracks would have been closer to $3,000 than the advertised $1,000. And, we still wonder how you miss an unexpected boulder lying on the road.
Equally amazing is the number of people who think Tucker 'had something.' The rear-engined car will not appear until it is possible to produce a 100 hp engine weighing not more than 300 pounds and costing no more than present-day powerplants. A small, low-powered car in this category is already a commercial success (Renault 4-CV) because the engine is very light. Best guess is that the popular priced rear-engined car for volume sale in this country is at least 10 years away."
Exactly. Cars like the Davis, the Playboy and Tucker were possible only because after four long years of war, there was a car shortage. A decent '41 Chevy, for one, cost far more in 1945-46 than it did new. Road & Track editor/publisher John Bond's observations i recounted above on Wednesday sum it.
Meanwhile, how many times is Hagerty serving reruns?