1948 Tucker 48 Sedan / 1003 Chassis Information

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 48
Sedan
Designer: Alex Tremulis
Chassis #: 1003
Engine # 4
High bid of $1,475,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $2,035,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours.
Alex Tremulius is credited with creating the design for the sleek fastback. His resume includes work with Gordon Buehrig on the Cord 810/812; the 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt, and the Ford Gyron concept.

A 589 cubic-inch engine and dual torque-converter drivetrain were under development, but challenges forced replacement by a 334 cubic-inch Franklin O-335 flat-six derived from that of a Bell 47 helicopter. The engine was converted to liquid cooling and linked to a four-speed, vacuum-electric preselector transaxle updated from the prewar Cord 810/812 design. The suspension configurations progressed from rubber disc to rubber torsion tube, and ultimate, rubber sandwich from car 1003. This car, chassis number 1003, is the third example built. It is one of the 12 Model 48s originally finished in Maroon and the first Tucker equipped with a revised front bumper providing improved frontal protection and the redesigned rear fenders providing easier rear-wheel removal.

Chassis 1003 was sold by the factory to the Arkansas Tucker Sales Corporation. A short time later, it returned to the factory and exchanged for car 1002. 1003 was sent to Columbus, Ohio's Farber Motor Sales to Cincinnati, where it was displayed on the city's streets and music hall by local dealer Eddie Numerich. The car remained in Cincinnati, Ohio until June of 1950, when it was sold at the Watson Auto Auction and acquired by Art Watson. During 1951, Mr. Watson took the car to Florida, where he displayed it. In 1962, the Tucker was sold to William A.C. Pettit III of Louisa, Virginia, via Paul Stern. The Tucker was a featured attraction at the Pettit's Museum of Motoring Memories during the 1960s. In the late 1980s, movie producer George Lucas purchased the Tucker from Mr. Pettit. It remained at his Skywalker Ranch private collection until September 2005, when it was purchased by the current owner.

In January of 2008, the car was treated to a restoration. During the restoration, the car was refinished in Maroon, which was one of the six factory-available color choices.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014


2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,300,000-$1,700,000 
Sale Price :
$2,035,000

2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,500,000-$1,900,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$1,475,000

2019 3
2018 2
2017 1
2016 1
2014 2
2012 2
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$1,525,000$1,985,0003
2018$1,806,250$1,820,0002
2017$1,347,500$1,347,5001
2016$1,518,720$1,518,7201
2014$1,801,250$2,035,0002
2012$2,117,500$2,915,0002
2011$797,500$797,5001
2010$1,127,500$1,127,5001
2008$1,017,500$1,017,5001
2006$577,500$577,5001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 TUCKER MODEL 48 SEDAN
Chassis#: 1052
Sold for $990,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1028
Sold for $1,985,000
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1040
Sold for $1,600,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1046
Sold for $1,820,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1029
Sold for $1,792,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1044
Sold for $1,347,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1049
Sold for $1,518,720
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1003
Sold for $2,035,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1036
Sold for $1,567,500
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1034
Sold for $1,320,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 TUCKER TORPEDO
Chassis#: 33550
Sold for $2,915,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1010
Sold for $797,500
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
 
1948 Tucker 48 4Dr Sedan
Chassis#: 1045
Sold for $1,127,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker Sedan
Chassis#: 1038
Sold for $1,017,500
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker Torpedo
Sold for $577,500
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker Model 48
Chassis#: 1029
Sold for $461,500
  2005 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
 
1948 Tucker 48
Sold for $495,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1948 Tucker 48 (Project Car)
Sold for $31,350
  2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction - The Kughn Collection
 
1948 TUCKER REPRODUCTION SEDAN
Sold for $125,000
  2002 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 
1948 TUCKER SEDAN
Sold for $341,000
  2002 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2002
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Tucker 48's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Tucker 48 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$850,000  
1948 Tucker 4810032013 RM Auctions Amelia Island$1,475,000$1,500,000$1,900,000
1948 Tucker 48 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$220,000  
1947 TUCKER TORPEDO FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2002 Kruse Auction Las Vegas, NV   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1001
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1003
Engine Num: 4
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1007
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1008
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1009
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1013
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1014
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1015
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1016
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1017
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1022
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1026
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1030
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1031
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1033
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1034
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1036
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1043
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1044
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1045
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1046
Engine Num: 335-55
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1047
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1049
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 1052
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 25
Chassis information for the Tucker 481948 Sedan
Chassis Num: 70052026013
Engine Num: 1036

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