The TUCKER "48"

Helping to Keep the Legend Alive

His name was Preston Tucker and he had a dream.
A dream that some of Detroit's automobile industry leaders did their very best to scuttle and managed to succeed in doing.
His dream was to build a car like no one had ever seen before and he did just that. In building this car he revolutionized Detroit in the 1940's. 
His design was a stunning "Car of Tomorrow." 
It was streamlined, futuristic and fast. Just the car every American 
dreamed of owning but could never afford. !!! That is until now !!!
His car shook up Detroit so much that they launched a campaign that would cause the end of this great car. 
Preston Tucker wrote an open letter to the automobile industry in the United States. This letter appeared in many newspapers in the United States on June 15, 1948.
Click here to read the letter. 

A total of 51 were built, of which 47 still survive. Tucker employed  Alex S. Tremulis to style this fastback sedan and the chief mechanic in the project was John Eddie Offutt. The engine was a rear mounted  H-6 (horizontally opposed), ohv, 335 ci with 166 bhp and 372 lbs/ft torque. 
Quite impressive in its day. The original (projected) price was $2450 but today the current value is from about 1/4 million to 1/2 million
(Tucker #1030 sold at auction in March, 1996 for $259,000) 

For a more complete history on this great automobile 
visit the Tucker Club of america's web site


 The Gilmore Car Museum's vintage Shell station
This car is owned by Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan 
and these pictures were used with their permission.
Gilmore Car Museum's Tucker #1047 is the lowest original mileage Tucker in existence at 43.3


The following text was taken from Hyman Ltd web page.
The car we are offering is a 1948 Tucker "48". This is car # 1006, the sixth production car built. This is a very special car for a number of reasons. This was the car that the Tucker corporation used as the standard that all the following cars had to meet. It was kept at the Ypsilanti Machine shop, where it all started. This was the first Tucker ever sold to the public, in an auction in 1949. It sold for $800. Untouched since 1958, the car sat in an old parking structure behind Detroit's State Theatre, forgotten, dismantled, and decaying for a third of a century. Presumed lost by Tucker aficionados, the car was discovered in 1991, and purchased from the original owner, who also owned the parking garage. After a lot of research, and many interviews, RM Restorations was selected to restore the car. A 5000 hour restoration was performed to concours standards. Many NOS pieces were tracked down for the demanding restoration, including the fabric for the interior, and many other pieces were meticulously rebuilt, including the Torsilastic rubber suspension, which was re-compounded and re-molded so it would be correct. Since restoration the car has been shown around the country, including being the only car to have been invited to Meadowbrook four times, where it garnered awards each time. In 1997 the Tucker Club had its 50th anniversary convention. At that event it was judged "the best and most accurate Tucker in the world". It has been used as reference for many other restorations. Extensive documentation and rare items are included with the car, including a copy of the original title, complete documentation of the restoration, and photos of the car when it was new. A Tucker franchise agreement, a set of Tucker luggage (including 1 NOS piece still in the box), an NOS extra Tucker radio, an NOS Tucker accessory heater, and a pair of Tucker dealership banners. The Tucker Automobile Club of America Authentication Book for this car has rubbings of the serial numbers and is signed by the Tucker historians and Family members, and there are numerous pictures showing the "hidden" details of the car such as tape inside the door that says Barney Tucker, a family member that worked at the plant, the original color identification( green, of course)
and much more. This is a landmark automobile,
and the centerpiece of any collection.

It appears that this car has either been sold or taken off the market.

 The rear mounted  H-6 (horizontally opposed),
ohv, 335 ci with 166 bhp engine
 That Tucker Exhaust
 The gas tank filler was well hidden
 Yes, it was in the front
These pictures were posted on
by Zinc Orbie
This car is owned and ws restored by Mark Lieberman of Michigan.
The car is currently for sale via Hyman Ltd. in St. Louis, MO.

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