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Tucker '48 (Torpedo)

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

'48 (Torpedo)
Vehicle Model

A car produced by Tucker in 1948.  Often simply known as a Tucker because it was the only car the automaker produced.  Commonly known as the Tucker Torpedo based on what was supposed to be its intended name, but as only the name "Tucker '48" made it into marketing materials that is what is known as its official name to many historians.

The car's production was the subject of the 1988 film Tucker: The Man and His Dream starring Jeff Bridges as Preston Tucker.

Justin Cole of Benchmark Classics (Madison, Wisconsin) built a convertible Tucker that is said to have been originally developed by the factory but whose authenticity is debated by the Tucker Automobile Club of America.  Crittenden Automotive Library advisor John Walczak has a connection to this car, having seen the vehicle in the early 1970's along with engineering drawings for a converible bearing the Tucker Corporation's stamp.  The restored convertible was bid to $1.5M at the January 2010 Russo & Steele auction but did not meet the reserve.

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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
14 June 1949Design for an Automobile
United States Patent USD 154,192
Preston T. Tucker for Tucker Corporation

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Photographs

Tucker Torpedo Gold Photo ©2002 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Gold Photo ©2002 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Gold Photo ©2002 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Gold Photo ©2002 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo #46 #46
Photo ©2003 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo #46 #46
Photo ©2003 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo #46 #46
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Tucker Torpedo #46 #46
Photo ©2003 Heidi Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo #46 #46
Photo ©2003 Heidi Walczak
June 11, 2003
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
View photo of the Tucker Torpedo Convertible - 1,609KB
Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
View photo of the Tucker Torpedo Convertible - 1,638KB
Tucker Torpedo Convertible Convertible (Under Construction in 2009)
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
Photo Courtesy

Photo ©2009 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
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