‘THE LAST Tucker’ might well be being auctioned at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco on 14th May. The reason for the vagueness is due to the protracted death rattle of Preston Tucker’s dream, which died when the doors were shuttered on his Chicago factory in October 1949. This car, chassis 1049, is generally held to be the very last complete Tucker to be built.
The subsequent car, 1050, was retrofitted with an engine, transmission and rear fenders when sold, while 1051 and 1052 (see this month’s Auction Action) were later completed using reproduction parts.
As one of the final eight Tuckers produced, this car was actually assembled by former Tucker employees who, faithful to their employer, had returned to the factory and completed the cars in their own time after production had officially ended. Enjoying a four-year rotisserie restoration in 2003, this car was returned to its original colour of Waltz Blue and has won a stack of awards, including Best in Class at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed Concours d’Elegance. If you’re interested in the most tragic icon of American post-war optimism, stick to the company’s old ad strapline.
“Don’t let a Tucker pass you by.