• Aug 20, 2007
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This almost never happens. One of the 51 Tuckers ever made is about to close its bidding on eBay. At $200,000, we did't think any Tucker would go so cheaply, but this one is a bit different. As the description points out, this particular Torpedo is number 46 out of the 51 ever made. It has a genuine Tucker steel body from the factory, but since 1964 it has been using running gear from a 1964 Mercury Monterey Parklane. This Tucker now has a 390 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and even air conditioning. While certainly less valuable than a completely original car, it's probably easier to maintain and more enjoyable to drive. Looks like it will be hella cheaper too, so maybe some industrious soul will find a way to reunite the car with a more appropriate drivetrain in the future.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: eBay]



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  • 11 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very cool car. But you folks need to take the Tucker movie with a grain of salt.

      This car didn't need a conspiracy to sink it.

      Look at its design and features - this car would have cost a fortune to mass produce compared to its relatively simple competition.

      Thirty years after this car was built, it was still impossible to convince Americans that they should wear seatbelts, let alone pay extra for safety features such as airbags.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Preston Tucker was a true auto pioneer who was ahead of his time. Too bad he got squashed by the big 3. His cars were far superior to what the big 3 were offering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hah, not hard to see why only 50 of these were made!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sent you guys a tip on this at least a week ago.
      Josh K.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just love those louvers on the front!! They really add style! And then that Tucker convertible is the coooeeest Tucker of all!! I read on Tucker wikipedia that was the only 1949 model ever made! I didn't know that!!! Learn something new everyday!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tucker was 60 years ahead of his time.
      Way ahead of the the big Detroit mega ??"3" that continued to build the unsafe crap they decided the public needed until the foreign influence and quality finally forced them to build cars the public wanted.....they and corrupt politicians of that time buried Tucker and his auto.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A ruined Tucker. That's sacrilege! $200,000 for a car with 1964 running gear from a Ford. That money can be spent on a stock collectable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The original engine was from a helicopter. Overhauling it would have broken the average owner. The 390's a beter choice, but changing the little hose above the water pump is a bitch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks. My memory not as good as yours. What is the Franklin still used in?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Franklin engine was not from a helicopter. It ended up in helicopters and still being used today. The air cooled engine began life in Franklin cars.
      Dave Everett
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original Tuckers were almost impossible to drive. The helicopter engine ran very hot and the inside of the car would get to a hundred degrees on any 80 degree day. The drive train rumbled like a Sherman tank. I saw this particular Tucker in Elkhart, In. The owner brought his Motorhome to our plant for service. The owner unloaded the Tucker and drove it to the Thursday night cruise in at the local Long John Silvers restaurant. I took many pictures of this car. While I personally would not have changed the engine, I do drive all of my cars. I would not own a trailer queen. Many people who would have only heard of a Tucker got to see one drive into a show, not be towed in. The owner was not trying to trick anyone and the Tucker was altered when he bought it. It is what it is, and he and many other people enjoy it!