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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

One of the rarest post-WWII American luxury cars

Tucker 48 was a sophisticated car that developed by Preston Thomas Tucker and produced in 1948. According to records, only 51 units of Tucker 48 sedans ever made before the company was closed. The vehicle design becoming the 1940s innovative design and made as a vehicle that is very concerned about security.

Tucker 48 was the first car that has the features of safety belt, front safety glass, and Cyclops (the car lights system that shifted the direction to improve driving visibility at night).
Front three quarter of Tucker 48. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tei8r1)
In 1949, the Tucker Company ridiculed by the American media and experience a consumer backlash. The company closed in the middle of a scandal surrounding a controversial stock fraud charges in March 1949 and never to see the light of day ever again.
Front view of Tucker 48. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tei8r1)
Tucker 48 was fitted with a 335 c.i. (5,5-liter) 166 horsepower OHV six-pot engine at the rear, with its cylinders horizontally-opposed. The mill is mated to a four-speed pre-selector transmission and the oomph is sent to the rear axle. But the best mechanical treat of the 48 is its all-around independent suspension with rubber torsion tubes instead of conventional steel springs.
Right side view of Tucker 48. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tei8r1)
Also, each wheel was fitted with power disc brakes and the luxury sedan incorporated a curious safety feature in an era when safety belts weren't even mandatory. We're talking about a windshield that would pop out in case of an accident, as well as a wide space under the dash where front seat passengers could duck before a collision and a center-mounted third headlight that would turn with the front wheels. Beat that Volvo and Citroen DS!
Interior view of Tucker 48. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tei8r1)
Chassis #1036 we're talking today is just one of the 51 Tucker 48s ever built and its owner decided to part ways with it next month, at RM Auction's Monterey sale event. So how much does this baby cost? Last year, RM Auction tried to sell George Lucas' car.
Rear three quarter of Tucker 48. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1tei8r1)
Bidding reached $1.475 million but that didn't meet the reserve, thus that car hasn't been sold. As for the perfectly restored fiery bronze Tucker 48 chassis #1036 slated to go under the hammer next month at Monterey, we expect the selling price to break the $1.5 million mark.
In a 2011 episode of NBC's It's Worth What? television show, a similar car was estimated at $1,2 million, while interest and selling prices for this classic among American automobile enthusiasts are getting higher year-over-year... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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