1948 Tucker ’48 Sedan

1948 Tucker ’48 Sedan

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In the post-WW2 boom years, the American public was thirsty for consumer goods that had not been available to them since the beginning of the Depression. The Tucker 48 Sedan was the next big thing in the automotive field, with advanced engineering and a design foreshadowing the jet age from a decade later. 51 copies were built before the factory doors at 7401 S. Cicero Avenue closed.

 

  • YEAR & MAKE - 1948 Tucker
  • MODEL NAME - 48 Sedan
  • SERIES - 
  • MODEL/BODY/STYLE NUMBER - 
  • BODY TYPE - 4 Door, 6 Passenger Sedan
  • BODY BY - Tucker
  • # CYLS. - Flat 6
  • TRANSMISSION TYPE & NUMBER - Cord 810 Pre-selector, RWD Transmission
  • WEIGHT - 4,235 lbs
  • ESTIMATED PRODUCTION - 51
  • HP - 166
  • C.I.D. - 335
  • WHEELBASE - 128″
  • PRICE NEW - $2,450
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Tucker #1008 was won in a September 1949 raffle by 21-year old Rudy Schroeder. Rudy had purchased a single 35¢ ticket months before, forgetting about the raffle until several men from the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars association showed up at his workplace looking for the winner of their raffle. The men were in uniform, and Rudy thought he was in trouble, only to discover that he had won an amazing car. The car was turned over to him in a simple ceremony a few days later in his hometown of Perryville, Missouri. For a few weeks, Rudy was a celebrity in Perryville. People would congratulate him on his car and ask him for rides in it. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find a mechanic to maintain the car correctly, and two insurance companies dropped him due to the unpredictable future of Tucker production. He finally sold the car for $3,500 in December of 1949, and did not see it again for 62 years until November 2011, when the current owner of the car invited Rudy to see and drive the car again and tell firsthand the remarkable story of his ownership of #1008.