The year is 1946.
A year ago, World War II ended, with the defeat of Germany and Japan at the hands of the Allied Powers. Factories everywhere screeched to a halt yet again, and stopped producing bombs and guns and tanks and planes, and switched to producing cars and other common items again.
Out in Nevada, a brilliant flash of light and an echoing boom shattered the peace and quiet, and a mysterious car skidded across the desert sand, the roar of a straight-six engine following soon after the noise. For decades, this would be the ‘proof’ some people used for there being ‘Aliens’ when in fact, it was a one-way trip for a time traveler.
The car was quickly hidden inside an old factory, and a man, appearing to be middle-aged, about 40 years old, with a sharp black suit and a cane, stepped out into the world he’d traveled back into. Formerly going by the name Luke Light, this being had changed his form, and his name, before going back in time. Why? Because building cars is what he was good at, but the company he ran for 20 years was stuck in one particular direction.
The man was Luke Sinistra, a robot from the future, looking just as real and human as anyone else.
Within a year, he had a factory going, and their first car was rolling off of the production line.
This was the 1947 Sinistra Swift. Powered by a 4 liter, SOHC 2v Inline 6, and a three-on-the-tree manual gearbox, it was a relatively unremarkable family sedan. Lacking the technology to do what he wanted, Luke decided that the rear-wheel-drive layout was ‘good enough’ to start with, and that, in the interest of keeping costs down, a solid rear axle ‘would do fine for now.’
Luke felt the design was unremarkable, but they lacked the time or resources to make anything more radical. About the only major claim the Swift had to fame was an impressive 109 mile-per-hour top speed, if one was brave enough to try, and foolish enough to do so on public roads. Other than that, however, the car faded into obscurity. Enough were sold to keep the doors open, and a few minor revisions were done over the years, but about the only thing people remember about the Swift is that Luke Sinistra crashed one in the parking lot in the winter of 1948.