• Feb 6, 2009
Click on the image above for a gallery of the Tucker Convertible

So much for waiting until after it's first shown at the Pebble Beach and Amelia Island concours events. Benchmark Classics, the collector car firm that managed to procure the only known Tucker convertible in existence, has already placed the machine on eBay, despite the fact that the car's restoration has yet to be completed. It's not really known how this particular vehicle came into existence, with some claiming that it might have been a behind-the-scenes factory effort and others resolutely saying that it's nothing more than an interesting custom.

Regardless of its murky past, the future is looking bright for the droptop Tucker, which is scheduled to be completed in May. Judging from the pictures that have been made available, the car managed to survive in relatively decent shape considering its age, and the restoration work appears to be top notch to our untrained eyes. One thing is for certain: This car is not going to go cheap. The bidding starts at million dollars, but those wishing to cut right to the chase can opt to Buy It Now for $5,000,000. Check out the links below for the auction listing and the car's microsite.


[Source: eBay Motors; TuckerConvertible.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a custom car, at any level...so be it. The Tucker Club will let it be seen as a real one. Let us see the finished product. I am sure it will re-show up at BJA in a couple of years with 900 miles on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crack Pipe.... Wait... wrong Blog right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This doesn't seem right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i've read about cars my entire life, and i'm old. i've never seen one word about a Tucker 'prototype' convertible. i'm sure it's a total fake. whomever said crack pipe is most likely right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If that was a real Tucker, it wouldn't be getting manhandled by a couple of smiling dudes outside in the snow.

      I'm not buying the story or the car. :)
      LAMAR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Preston Tucker's commitment to safety? I don't think so. That's old wives tales. He did want put seat belts in his cars, but his hirelings talked him out of it, because they thought that the public might think the car was unsafe .So, the commitment was not the there. When you consider the pop out front windows, which anyone knows that if you went out the window. your chances of surving are slim, then safety could not be a commitment. Also the passenger diving into the floor/dash area to save himself or herself, try that in the real world, especially in a rollover accident, and then hope to survive. Then if the front windows pop out, while rolling over, then you got a double problem. I wouldn't believe the Tucker club's hype on safety.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As PT Barnum said "There's a sucker born every minute."
      LAMAR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just read where the Tucker Club may have some major problems. Looks like in the leaders of the Club are steep in some deep dudu witheir their owm members of the club. Seems like the leaders can't account for missing funds in the Club's scholorship fund, missing donated Tucker artifacs that have been donated by Club members, especially one who made a large contribution, non-attendance by leaders at their own Tucker Convention Meetings so to to supposedly not to answer questions about what's going on, complaints by Club members as to why the Tucker Club Website is shut down for days at a time. Members thinks it's when they don't want to answer hard questions about what's going on. Members state that even Tucker car owners will not even respond to the Tucker Club inquieries about their cars, simply because they have been mistreated in a a disrespectful way. I would have to say, if they lose the support of the Tucker car owners, then in the future there will be no club, especially since a lot of these cars are now moving to the museums, since they becoming so expensive. At that point, people will only get to see them from a distance, without getting to talk to the the owners, maybe get to possibly sit in one, and no more appearances of these wonderful cars appearing at the conventions, since museums don't allow their cars go to the conventions. As they get more expensive (and they will now leap in price, since they hit the million dollar and over mark), their wonderful appearance at some exclusive car shows will become exstinted. You can read the aforementioned by going to Tucker Topics web search, go down to "YOU LEARNED EVERYTHING TO NEED TO KNOW IN KINDERGARDEN" subheading.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i saw this car in hackensack nj. in 1948
        LAMAR
        • 3 Years Ago
        You mentioned you saw this Tucker convertible back in 1948. Can you tell me what you saw? That would be interesting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bubbles over shoot and take time to burst.
      Fundamentals are not in play.
      Prices go parabolic, then collapse.

      The housing bubble mania.
      Oil prices.
      The commodity bubble.
      The banks with mergers/acqusitions, the credit swaps/derivatives.
      Stocks

      Now bidding on cars at full price that are not even completed!
      The auto restoration bubble top is in. I am ringing the bell even if it does sell at a premium price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. This is the automotive equivalent to someone producing the manuscript of a lost Mozart symphony. Spectacular, controversial, and amazing.

      I'd love to own a Tucker. Even with the dodgy provenance on this one, I'd be tempted.
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