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1948 Tucker 48 Sedan / 1052 Vehicle Information

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 48 photograph

1948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 481948 Tucker 48
Sold for $990,000 at 2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction.
Conceived by Preston Tucker, the Automobile was produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company closed its doors. How and why the company failed is the subject of much debate.

Many of the features of the Tucker were innovative and ahead of the car's time. The directional third headlight would activate at steering wheel angles greater than 10 degrees. The car had rear engine and rear wheel drive. The entire engine and transmission were mounted on a separate sub frame which made for easy removal.

For safety purposes, the frame has support and a roll bar integrated into the roof, and the dashboard was padded for added safety. The doors extended into the roof for easy entry and exit.

Even with these innovations, Tucker needed money and with scrutiny by the SEC, Tucker's fortunes were in trouble.

This particular example is number 52 of the 51 produced. Tucker stopped assembling cars in 1948, however parts still remained. When a court order stopped production on March 3, 1949, an inventory of the parts and cars made. The company listed 38 complete cars and an additional 13 more cars that were waiting for final assembly. Some of those parts including a chassis and firewall stamped with the serial number 1052.

65 years after the Tucker factory was shut down, assembly of the final Tucker began. The work was completed in early 2014.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2015



2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction

Sale Price :
USD $990,000

1948 Tucker 48 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1034
Sold for USD$2,040,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 TUCKER MODEL 48 SEDAN
Chassis#: 1052
Sold for USD$990,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1028
Sold for USD$1,985,000
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1040
Sold for USD$1,600,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1046
Sold for USD$1,820,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1029
Sold for USD$1,792,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1044
Sold for USD$1,347,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1049
Sold for USD$1,518,720
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1003
Sold for USD$2,035,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1036
Sold for USD$1,567,500
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1034
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 TUCKER TORPEDO
Chassis#: 33550
Sold for USD$2,915,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1948 Tucker 48
Chassis#: 1010
Sold for USD$797,500
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
 
1948 Tucker 48 4Dr Sedan
Chassis#: 1045
Sold for USD$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 USD$1,017,500
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker Torpedo
Sold for USD$577,500
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1948 Tucker 48 image  1948 Tucker 48 image  
1948 Tucker Model 48
Chassis#: 1029
Sold for USD$461,500
  2005 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
 
1948 Tucker 48
Sold for USD$495,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1948 Tucker 48 (Project Car)
Sold for USD$31,350
  2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction - The Kughn Collection
 
1948 TUCKER REPRODUCTION SEDAN
Sold for USD$125,000
  2002 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

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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