The Tucker Torpedo is one of the great what-if stories of automotive history. Preston Tucker hoped to revolutionize the industry with a car unlike any other on the road at the time. However, due to a variety of problems, he only managed build 51 vehicles before closing shop. Over time, they have become highly sought-after; ‚ÄčIn 2012, one sold for $2.65 million at auction.

That brings us to this Tucker "replica" that you see above because it might be one of the ugliest monstrosities ever put together. However, we might extend some leniency to the creator, as the vehicle isn't actually trying to replicate the classic look of the 1948 Tucker 48 (a.k.a. 'Torpedo'). Instead, it is attempting to reproduce an earlier prototype from 1946 that actually features that weird, trident nose. According to the seller, his uncle built the car as a labor of love and supposedly used actual plans from Tucker as inspiration.

Underneath all of the crazy changes is a 1971 Buick Riviera powered by a 455-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) Buick V8. Some of the replica's odder modifications include the front fenders that turn with the wheels and the fin running down the back. All three headlights work, but the one in the middle is only for the high beams. Oddly, the small hinged sections on the roof are meant to open to avoid hitting your head when getting in or out. Maybe the seller's uncle was a very tall guy?

According to the eBay auction, the car does run but definitely needs some restoration, as well. It appears to be reasonably popular, though. As of this writing, it has 18 bids with a price of $7,300 with the reserve not yet met. Bidding ends on July 15.


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      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 5 Months Ago
      At first I was repulsed. Then, I was impressed. Don't get me wrong, I'm still repulsed but, that front end is kinda impressive in a sick, sad way.
        Bird2112
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jaclock LaGlock
        I want to run to the eyewash fountain...but I cant stop looking.
      Alex Ingram
      • 5 Months Ago
      This looks like a 1940s imagination of The Homer Car. I admire the madness.
      Bavarian818
      • 5 Months Ago
      As strange as this monstrosity is, it is some pretty damn good car porn!!!
      johnb
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's so weird it's fantastic.
      Healthy Chap
      • 5 Months Ago
      This car looks straight out of the 70s. But it ******* isn't.
      lrx301
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am really curious about what was in the mind of the designer when they designed a thing like this.
        johnb
        • 5 Months Ago
        @lrx301
        I know right? it looks like a spontaneous design idea gone awry, but in reality someone had to spend a lot of time and effort to get it to this point.
        JayP
        • 5 Months Ago
        @lrx301
        What was in the mind of the designer? Chemicals.
      nosirrahg
      • 5 Months Ago
      There are some interesting bits (like the roof cut-outs at the doors), and I could almost come to accept the front end treatment as an homage to the original...but things really went downhill from there back.
      MRFOOT....LABAS!
      • 5 Months Ago
      ..THE TRUE `TUCKER` AUTO WAS AN OUTSTANDING CREATION, ONLY TO BE PUT TO DEATH BY THE BIG 3, GM, FORD, MOPAR...THIS AUTO THOUGH, A BEAUTIFUL BUICK BOAT TAIL WAS CUT UP TO BE CALLED A `TUCKER?`, AND PUT WASTED TIME AND EFFORT INTO IT...
      nlt624@aol.com
      • 5 Months Ago
      Run before it eats you!!!!!!
      Brodz
      • 5 Months Ago
      Haha... louvres in the trunk lid to help it fill up with water. Also the individual fenders over each wheel was scrapped in favour of moving headlight in the middle that turned with the wheels. This was because the individual fenders would act like rudders on ship and change the aero of the car making it unstable/dangerous at speed.
      Ron
      • 4 Months Ago
      Somebody ruined a perfectly good Riviera!
      Ian
      • 4 Months Ago
      Man that thing is fugy.
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