You Can Bid On A Rare And Spectacular Tucker 48

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If you've got a coupe million dollars burning a hole in your APO jeans and a garage spot worthy of a classic piece of American underdog engineering, this lovely fiery bronze 1948 Tucker 48 at the big RM Auction in Monterey next month can be your latest prize.

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While someone will certainly pay too much for a Fiat Jolly or an old Firebird on a champagne-fueled lark, the person who shells out more than a million (one recently was bid up to $1.475 million but didn't meet the reserve, although that was owned by George Lucas) for this Tucker will go home with only one of 51 vehicles ever built, each one a prize, each one worth whatever it cost to buy.

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Illustration for article titled You Can Bid On A Rare And Spectacular Tucker 48

No word yet on the lineage of this particular model, but assume there's history enough to make it one of the pricier cars to go at auction this year.

Photos: RM Auctions

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stevelehto
SteveLehto

The is car #1036. Completed (except for the transmission was not installed) at the factory and sold at the company liquidation auction for $2,000. It left the factory MAROON and with the engine #33585.

Since then, it has changed hands several more times and, obviously, been repainted (the trans was obviously also installed). Along with the incorrect paint color, it has some minor issues (the tail light lenses are plastic instead of glass, the suspension and engine need work etc) and it will be one of TWO Tucker '48s for sale at Monterrey. #1003 is going across the block at Gooding, and the smart money is that it will fetch more money than #1036.