Designer and engineer Gordon Buehrig independently developed the design for the Tasco in 1948. Tasco stands for The American Sports Car Company (the car and company shared the same name). One interesting design element in the Tasco is its molded fiberglass front fenders, which turn with the wheels. Buehrig also used the relatively new vacuum-forming technique to create small three-dimensional models during various phases of the design process from ABS plastic, an innovation that was later adopted industry-wide.
The Tasco’s T-top roof design, with removable panels, was the first of its kind, and it influenced the 1968 Corvette decades later. Visibility was excellent, comparable to the cockpit of a two-seater airplane. The instrument display resembled an aircraft panel and was positioned high in front of the driver, with the steering wheel mounted close to it.