Sunday, October 17, 2010

San Diego Tucker Weekend

Tucker No. 1019 at the
San Diego Automotive Museum
This blogger took another quick overnight trip to visit a Tucker in Southern California this past weekend.  This time, my destination was the San Diego Automotive Museum, home of Tucker No. 1019No. 1019 has been on display at the museum in in San Diego's Balboa Park for many years, thanks to the generosity of TACA member Deb Hull and her family.  This "Waltz blue" beauty--reportedly Vera Tucker's favorite color--is a wonderful addition to the museum's holdings, which also include a rare Tucker 589 engine.  The Tucker display includes an enlarged reproduction of Jay Follis' March 2010 article from Old Cars Weekly regarding the fate of the 4 "lost" Tuckers.  Besides No. 1019, I particularly enjoyed seeing Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car, a highly modified 1947 Cadillac that made record-breaking non-stop cross-country runs in the early 1950s.

Balboa Park Conservatory
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban oasis in the heart of San Diego, and is home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and numerous museums and other local cultural institutions, including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Old Globe Theatre.  Most of the existing park structures were originally developed for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition and the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition.  It was a very popular place on a Saturday afternoon in October!

Keep checking our "Tucker Road Trip" posts for information about Tuckers on public display.  And feel free to send us your photos and comments on Tuckers displayed near you! 

(Post & photo credits: Kit Fox)


  1. Sounds like fun. Just Googled "Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car." Wild stuff!

  2. The museum has a video on a continuous loop as a part of this exhibit (I think it was from that 70s-80s show "That's Incredible!"). It shows Louie changing a front tire while the car is in motion.