Name: 1948 Tucker Sedan
Year Produced: 1947-1948
Number Built: 51
Body Type: 2-door sedan
Engine: 334.1 ci (5.5L) H-6 ohV
Power: 166 hp @ 3200 RPM
0-60mph: 10.0 seconds
Top Speed: 119 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 219 in/79 in/60 in
Wheelbase: 130 in.
Base Price: US$2,450 (NADA)
Current Value: US$2,000,000 (Hagerty, Concours)
This is a beautiful heart-warming story of how Tucker #1008 was reunited with its original owner Rudy Schroeder.
In 1949 Schroeder bought a raffle ticket that cost him $0.35c for a chance to win a Tucker. Schroder won the raffle and was ecstatic about driving such a beautiful car. However there was a problem. No insurance company would cover him as it was considered a bad risk as there were no spare parts on the market should he get into an accident.
Due to having no insurance Schroeder decided to leave the car in his garage. Shortly after Schroeder was offered $3500 to sell the car which was more than enough for him to buy a new car with, which he bought a Pontiac.
Since then, Tucker #1008 became a county fair attraction wherein the current owner charged 25 cents for those who would like to see and seat on this very rare vehicle. Believe it or not, the said owner took in US$20,000 for the two years that he had the Tucker. Eventually, he sold the vehicle to a long-time Tucker mechanic at Steelton, Pennsylvania who in turn sold it to the Imperial Palace Collection.
63 years later, the car was now part of the Driehaus collection. The curator of the collection heard that Rudy was still alive and immediately went about finding him and flying him in to see the Tucker.
Watch the video below to hear from Rudy Schroeder about his memories of the car and what it feels like to sit in the car today.