Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday at the Tucker Store

For the Tucker fans in your life this holiday season, don't forget the Tucker Store, your source for Tucker-themed gifts and collectibles.  Or consider giving a gift membership to TACA.  Click here to check out the latest Tucker Store offerings.

UPDATE 12/2/10 5:17 PM: Check out more on-line holiday deals from the Tucker Store on eBay (seller ID "ShopTACA").

(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credit: TACA website)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

TACA wishes you and your family
a Happy Thanksgiving!

(Post credit: Kit Fox; image credit: Microsoft clip art)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tucker No. 1047 on Loan to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Tucker No. 1047
Tucker No. 1047 resides at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI, which is also the home of the Tucker Historical Collection and Library (HCL).  The Gilmore's season ends on October 31st, so normally No. 1047 is not on display during the winter months.  This year, however, No. 1047 will be on loan to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, IN until April 15, 2011.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg
Automobile Museum
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a National Historic Landmark, has welcomed nearly two million visitors from all 50 states and from over 40 countries since the museum opened its doors in 1974. It inhabits the former Auburn Automobile Company’s national headquarters building.  The museum's mission is to preserve, interpret and create passion for Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles and their heritage of innovation, influence, design and competition while meeting or exceeding the highest museum standards.  The museum is a fitting alternate venue to display No. 1047; as many Tucker fans may already know, the Tucker '48 uses a Cord transmission.

The museum is located at 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, IN 46706, just to the east of I-69 about 1-1/2 hours south of the Gilmore.  It's open daily except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Visit the museum's website for more information.

UPDATE 12/1/10 11:34 AM: Click here for more information about No. 1047 on the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum's Facebook page.

UPDATE 12/9/10 11:39 AM:  Click here for more information from Old Cars Weekly.

(Post credits: Jay Follis and Kit Fox; photo credits: TACA and ACD Museum websites)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tucker Road Trip, Day 7

The next leg of the Tucker Road Trip takes us to the shores of Lake St. Clair and the Stahls Automotive Foundation in St. Clair Shores, MI.  This is the proud home of Tucker No. 1015 (formerly on display at the Stone Mountain Museum in Stone Mountain, GA), just a few miles northeast of Detroit, MI.

Tucker No. 1015
The Stahls Automotive Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists in order to preserve, restore and exhibit specific vintage vehicles of the 20th century for educational purposes.  The collection includes emphases on Brass Era, Vintage Era, Pre-War Era, Post-War Era and Modern Era vehicles.

The foundation is located at 22960 Industrial Dr. W., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080, just a few minutes from Detroit off I-94.  See the foundation website for more information.

UPDATE 11/17/10 2:19 PM: The foundation is currently closed, but will re-open on March 8, 2011.

(Sources:,, TACA message board)

(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credit: TACA website)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Boyd's Glass Tucker Available in CIDER

Boyd's Crystal Art Glass of Cambridge, OH has recently released a new Tucker figurine in its latest color, CIDER.  This is No. 27 in the second series of Boyd's Tucker figurines.  Visit the Boyd's website to order yours.

(PS - This is our 40th post for the Tucker Tribune!)

(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credit: Boyd's Crystal Art Glass website)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tucker Topics, Volume 38, No. 10

The latest issue of our award-winning monthly printed newsletter, Tucker Topics, features a fascinating article by Jay Follis about the 4 "lost" Tuckers: Nos. 1018, 1023, 1027 and 1042.  Attendees at this year's TACA conference in Atlanta, GA will recall Jay's presentation on this topic at our Saturday night banquet.  Also featured is Brent Morris' report on this year's Mid-West Tucker Mini-Meet, "Red Hot Tucker."  The Tucker Tribune is only one of the benefits of membership in TACA--join us today!

(Post credit: Kit Fox)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TACA Salutes Veterans' Day

TACA salutes all of the American men and women who have bravely served in our country's armed forces.

(Post credit: Kit Fox; image credit: Microsoft clip art)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gooding & Company Press Release regarding Tucker No. 1010

Gooding & Company has formally announced some of the highlights of its upcoming January 2011 auction in Scottsdale, AZ, including Tucker No. 1010.  Click here for the press release.

(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credit: Gooding & Company Facebook page)

Monday, November 8, 2010

One Week Left for Facebook Fans' and Blog Readers' Membership Special

The special membership offer for Facebook fans and Tucker Tribune readers is only available for another week until November 15, 2010.  See this recent post for details.

(Post credit: Kit Fox)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't Forget to "Fall" Back Today

Daylight Savings Time ended at 2:00 AM!

(Post credit: Kit Fox; image credit: Microsoft clip art)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tucker Road Trip, Day 6

Tucker No. 1012
The Tucker Road Trip travels next back to America's heartland to see Tucker No. 1012.  Formerly housed at the Door Prairie Auto Museum, No. 1012 is now on display as a part of the Kesling Automobile Collection at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum in La Porte, IN.

The museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave., Ste. 1, La Porte, IN 46350, and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  La Porte, IN is roughly half-way between Gary, IN and South Bend, IN.  Check the Kesling Collection's website for more information.


(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credit: TACA website)

Monday, November 1, 2010

This Month in Tucker History

1946 - It was in November of 1946 that articles detailing concepts for the “Car of the Future” appeared on newsstands in both Mechanics Illustrated and Popular Mechanics magazines. A year later in November 1947, the Tucker Corporation was well on its way to bringing the Tucker ’48 to the car-hungry public.

1947 - The company launched a national advertising campaign featuring full-page (or two-page) ads in Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, Life, The New Yorker and Time magazines. Its ten-year lease of the former Dodge Chicago plant formerly began and the company was awarded six different patents. The day after the failed testing of the 589 engine, Tucker Corporation contracted with Hoffman Motor Development Company of Detroit, MI to build six engines. In the arrangement, Borg Warner Corporation would also develop three experimental transmissions for Tucker. The development of each would end just four months later when the Aircooled Motors 335 engine was selected to power the Tucker ’48.

1948 - By November of 1948, Tucker Corporation sees the value of its stock fall to an all-time low and suspends plant operations. In less than a year, criminal indictments are issued against Preston Tucker and seven associates, and a trial begins in October of 1949. By the following January all defendants in the case are found NOT GUILTY.

(Post credit: Jay Follis)