1948 Tucker comes to town


Give yourself a Tucker treat this holiday season. Stop by and see the 1948 Tucker, Torpedo, No. 1013, four-door sedan, currently being showcased at the America On Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pa.

For the 1988 movie “TUCKER – The Man and His Dream” there were 19 existing Tuckers used with 3 more held on reserve at the set. This “waltz-gown blue” Tucker 48 (for its model year), the 13th Tucker production car, was the car featured in the movie starring Jeff Bridges. The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept will be showing at America On Wheels on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m., Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 11 am and 1:30 pm.

The odometer reading is less than 6,000 miles. The Tucker 48 pioneered many technological and safety features such as Central, Cyclops Eye headlight that turns with the front wheels; a padded, “safety dashboard” with instruments and controls grouped under the steering wheel; roomy six-passenger cabin with “step down” floor; doors cut into the roof for easier entry/exit; glove boxes built into the door panels; large cushion-edged crash chamber that replaced the standard dash of that era; safety glass windshield designed to pop out on impact and V-shape front so that unless it collided head-on, the car deflects to one side; and three, welded, rollbars to protect the passengers. Of particular interest, shifting calls for preselecting a gear on the steering column and then depressing the clutch; the transmission then moves into that gear. Original cost was $2,485. The last Tucker sold at auction was sold at $1.3 million.

The Tucker is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum located in Huntingdon, Pa. Their primary purpose is to educate the public about the history of transportation and also features a permanent collection. Both museums have a similar mission and are delighted to work together to showcase the Tucker in Allentown, says Linda Merkel, America On Wheels executive director. “It’s the rare vehicles that keep people coming, especially the Tucker,” says Pat Swigart.

America On Wheels offers numerous displays of unique and rare vehicles for our automotive enthusiasts, hands-on activities and learning areas for children. Also on display is the 100th Anniversary of Chevrolet Exhibit featuring Chevy’s Firsts along with the Holiday Train display including Penn LUG (Lego Exhibit), 0 Scale and G Scale and the Automotive Portrait Art of Bill Bravo.

For more information, go to www.americaonwheels.org.

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7 thoughts on “1948 Tucker comes to town

  1. Harley Ferguson

    I saw a Tucker at a Toyota dealership close to were I worked in Tokyo. It was touring with the movie when it first showed here (19??). It was either this color or gray. (At 75 my memory isn’t what it used to be.). I wonder which Tucker it was. I don’t remember ever seeing a Tucker in my hometown (Chickasha, OK) although there may have been a couple in OKC.

  2. Bob Ripley Sr

    We saw a TUCKER ( may be that TUCKER ) in the “Gast Museum”, in the Lancaster, Pa. area. May be in the 1970’s. It was a small Auto Museum, that also sold HARLEY DAVIDSON Motorcycles, (NEW HARLEYS), but, our local HARLEY Dealer told me that “GAST” was not a Registered HARLEY Dealer. And asked, how did GAST got the new Harleys ? Our next trip to Lancaster Area, that “GAST” Museum was my first intended stop again. The building was EMPTY, and GAST was gone. Note = That place in not to many miles from Allentown Pa.

  3. Ricky A.

    Man, those Tuckers are awesome! Talk about sleek! Also love that convertible! Stands out from the croud! You know what I mean? Should be in a music or rapp video!! It rocks!!!

  4. Rodney L.

    Can’t believe that Tucker #1043 sold for almost 3 million at Barrett-jkson this last weekend. Does anyone know anything about the buyer. He was buying several expensive cars at the auction. He must have a deep pocket to pay that kind of money for those cars. He must believe that they will keep going up in price in order to lay out that kind of dough! Does anyone know what happened to the Tucker convertible? That car and story behind it is very interesting and intriquing.

  5. Bret

    Word is out on the street, that the 1948 Tucker convertible is going up for auction soon at Barrett-Jackson on January 13-20, 2013. Would be interesting to see this work of art to cross the block. I’m sure it won’t be cheap!!!


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