The story of the Tucker Car Corporation is a tragic one. Its sole model, the 1948 Tucker Sedan, had a huge number of innovations, with a particular focus on passenger safety, but a catastrophic debut and the ensuing media firestorm it created caused severe problems for the brand. Other issues followed, with an SEC investigation and rumors of troublemaking on the part of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

Only 51 Tuckers were completed before the company went bust, making the three-eyed sedans some of the rarest American cars ever produced. With a unique, tail, complete with six exhaust pipes, a Tucker went for $2.915 million at a 2012 auction.

Martyn Donaldson takes Jay Leno's Garage through a brief tour of his Tucker, chassis number 1003, explaining just what was so innovative about these vehicles, along with what drew him to the rare cars in the first place. Scroll down for the full video.


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      Termin8
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing cars. Tragic story.
      fancycolors4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      The movie " TUCKER, The Man and His Dream" is a great movie about Tucker and his struggle to make the Tucker Automobile. The movie came out around 1988 and Jeff Bridges stars as Tucker himself. Put this movie on your to watch list if you are an automobile enthusiast, and would like to see how big business operated in the days of the Tucker era. It is a great movie !
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Torpedo was far ahead of its time.
        Jeff Gilleran
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Agreed. In fact, it was the technology itself that doomed Tucker. Everything you see today in the modern car, has been copied by the big 3, and other automakers. Preston was amazing. Just sad to see he didn't go much further.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      007 Vodka Martini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fun. Preston's great grandson was in a bunch of my college classes at a certain Michigan university. It's still hard to believe that "The Dude" and the move Preston Tucker are the same "Dude". hahaha. Too bad the real Preston didn't live to hear some Creedence!
      Mr Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the Tucker and cant help thinking of Tesla as a modern day Tucker. That is... Tesla has been much more successful and with a bright future. If you have never seen the Tucker movie... go rent it! Might even be on Netflix.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mr Sled
        I have always said the same! Tucker was back in the days when politics and power of the "Big 3" made what he did impossible. Now, we have imports and dot com money and there's Tesla. Every car buff should see the movie. Now that all I have accomplished is echoing you, I will post the Netflix link so I contributed :) http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Tucker_The_Man_and_His_Dream/60002835?locale=en-US
        Jeff Gilleran
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mr Sled
        Totally agree. Its why I stand behind Elon and his dreams. :)
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      erzhik
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is amazing. Light years ahead of its time.
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      Michael Garnsey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I do have one question. What would be the reason for such credit given without the mention of the designers? Case in point, Hal Bergstrom, The Head Designer and his colleagues which were hired by Tucker from Lippincott and Marguiles? I have more information if you would like.
      Jake S
      • 2 Years Ago
      I\'ve had the opportunity to closely examine two Tuckers and can say that even without the movie, this car is an immortal collectible. One of the cars is at the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, WA and is well-cared for. The docents at the museum (if you\'re nice) will let you have a look inside and under the rear engine cover. There\'s an armored emergency compartment in the passenger side of the car that you could jump into in case of oncoming doom. An interesting concept, but probably not a good idea. The other Tucker is in a locked shed (also in Tacoma, WA) and is in an unfortunate state of repair. The owner still sees seven figures, and will probably get it, despite the fact that it\'s going to require a complete and very costly restoration if it\'s ever going to be driven or shown. He feels that the shed is a time capsule. I think it\'s just a shed - such a shame.
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