Believe it or not, this odd couple was parked at lot of the Wisconsin Auto Museum in Hartford when I was attending the Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club International Midwest meet Sept. 10. Neither is a Kaiser or a Frazer, but each is a very desirable and rare postwar car although their conditions couldn’t have been farther apart.
The 1948 Tucker brought by Adam Harder wears a fine older restoration. It’s car No. 48 of 51 built, and Harder had just retrieved it from the museum where it had been displayed for the last three years. Harder is also a Kaiser-Frazer fan with enough Kaisers titled to him to make Wilhelm jealous. In addition to wowing club members with his Tucker, he and his family brought several fine Kaisers to the meet.
The 1953 Skylark was brought to the meet by a friend of Harder. It’s not so much a barn find as a barn archaeological dig. It had been parked in a barn that collapsed, and debris had to be pulled off the car in order to retrieve it. Some body parts were missing from the Skylark, but according to the owner, the car’s previous owner had acquired it and as many as three other Skylarks in the 1960s and 1970s and there were parts available to make the car whole. After some work, the current owner has gotten the Skylark into a runner and a driver, at least on nice days when a heater and a convertible top aren’t called for.
Can you guess which car fetched more attention? While the Tucker seemed to draw more eyes from hobbyists, the rusty Skylark definitely received more attention from John Q. Public.
As a bonus, here's Harder's Tucker at the local BP station. When’s the last time you saw a Tucker fill up?