The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 August 2007

Is you is or is you isn't a Tucker?

There were 51 Tucker automobiles produced, and number forty-six sold on eBay for a tad over 200 large.

If this seems cheap to you, there's a reason for it: while the body is the original, the guts have been replaced with Ford stuff. The donor car was a mid-Sixties Mercury wagon. Which means that while Tucker #46 is something less than what it was, it's about two decades more contemporary, what with the presence of power steering and an automatic transmission and air conditioning, for Preston's sake. (Original Tuckers were fitted with a four-speed manual.)

I'm not quite sure what I think about this. Certainly you can't waltz into an AutoZone and expect to get proper Tucker parts. Car and Driver used to espouse the notion of preserving one's lovely Jaguar by replacing its dead engine with a small-block Chevy V8, which is about the same level of heresy. Still, the high bidder presumably knows what he's getting for his $202,700; it's not like the seller was hiding anything.

(Via Autoblog.)

Posted at 8:00 AM to Driver's Seat

As long as the middle headlight still turns, my wife would figure it was worth it.

If she were, you know, willing to ever spend $200 grand for a car with a 60-year-old body and a 40-year-old engine.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:55 AM on 21 August 2007

...or for that matter, one with brand-new body and engine.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:57 AM on 21 August 2007

I'm always amazed at things like this! The lessons in frugality I've had to learn in recent years would preclude spending this much money on a car -- any car -- although this did give me pause to think about what a restored Triumph GT-6+ would cost today. How I loved that little car!

Posted by: Kay Dennison at 9:24 AM on 21 August 2007

I'm just horribly conflicted over the news that the De Lorean is coming back.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:13 PM on 21 August 2007

The Snorts Car makes a comeback!

Posted by: unimpressed at 2:16 PM on 21 August 2007

Dear sir, I believe the correct phaseology of your headline should be: "Is you is, or is you AIN'T..."

Posted by: Jeff Shaw at 2:31 PM on 21 August 2007

"Excuse me, stewardess, but I speak jive."

Thank heaven for that.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:19 PM on 21 August 2007