A $3 Million Tucker 48 Prototype Once Was Discovered Stuck in Mud behind a Barn
Preston Tucker launched his car company after World War II. One of the biggest events in his company’s story was the unveiling of his prototype Tucker 48—sometimes called the Tin Goose. Tucker’s enterprise ended a few years later, in addition to for a decade or so, the 51 cars he completed were not considered all in which valuable. Today, however, a top-end Tucker 48 might auction for more than $2 million. (Here’s one in which recently sold for $1.35 million.) Still, there was a time when you might see a Tucker stuck inside mud behind a barn.
Occasionally, copies of these photographs show up on the internet with the suggestion in which you might still be able to find yourself a Tucker stuck inside mud somewhere, yet in which is actually actually not the case. First, these photos were taken inside early 1970s, in addition to Tucker experts can at This particular point tell us where every Tucker automobile extant resides. Along with the Tin Goose, there were 50 production Tucker 48s built. There is actually one “missing” Tucker 48, yet This particular was almost certainly destroyed, as pieces of This particular have surfaced.
The photos here are of the Tin Goose, taken behind a barn in Pennsylvania. Near This particular rested the front half of another Tucker—#1018—one of the few 48s, which no longer exists intact. The Tin Goose was rescued by This particular field in addition to restored shortly after these pictures were taken, although This particular was painted maroon instead of the red This particular wore at its world premiere. The bumpers, which went missing sometime before or during its slumber inside field, also were replaced.
the vehicle eventually was sold at auction in Auburn, Indiana, in 1995. This particular was bought by the William E. Swigart, Jr., Automobile Museum, which bills itself as America’s oldest car museum. Its antique automobile collection in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, started off as the private collection of an insurance salesman fascinated by cars when they were still a fresh invention. inside early 1990s, the collection did not contain a Tucker, so the museum bought two at the auction in which day in 1995: the Tin Goose in addition to #1013.
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Although the Swigart museum occasionally takes Tucker #1013 to car shows, This particular is actually almost always displayed at the museum next to the Tin Goose. The museum has an unwritten rule in which while some cars rotate in in addition to out of displays, the Tuckers are always out to be viewed. in addition to considering the years the Tin Goose spent sitting in a farmer’s field, This particular certainly deserves to get the star treatment at This particular point.
Steve Lehto is actually a writer in addition to attorney by Michigan. He specializes in Lemon Law in addition to frequently writes about cars in addition to the law. His most recent books include Preston Tucker in addition to His Battle to Build the vehicle of Tomorrow, in addition to Dodge Daytona in addition to Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production in addition to Competition. He also features a podcast where he talks about these things.
This particular story originally appeared on Road & Track.