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