Tucker Designer and Author Philip S. Egan Passes Away

By Steve Delahoyde Comment


During the long weekend, it would be very thoughtful of you to rent the great Francis Ford Coppola film Tucker: The Man and His Dream in honor of Philip S. Egan who passed away late last week. Egan was one of the designers of the short-lived, yet famous Tucker car, who went on to not only write a book about his experiences working with Preston Tucker, but had an incredible career as a jack-of-all trades designer with companies like Sears & Roebuck and Lucasfilm (where he helped with designing both sound and editing equipment). Here’s a bit from his obituary:

Mr. Egan designed the driver control area and other details of the car, a four-door, six-passenger sedan with a water-cooled six-cylinder rear engine. Only 48 vehicles were produced.

“I always thought of my father as a Renaissance man, with so many diverse talents,” said his daughter, Frances Anamosa of Napa. “He had a wealth of knowledge – ask him anything and he knew the answer.”