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1948 Tucker 48 'Torpedo'

1948 Tucker 48 in Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Movie, 1988 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1948 Tucker 48 'Torpedo'

Position 00:49:15 [*][*][*][*][*] The vehicle is part of the movie

Comments about this vehicle

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antp BE

2005-03-17 22:43

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Voiture construite à 51 exemplaires, dont 47 ont survécu.

Liste des voitures

Quatre répliques ont été constuites pour le film sur base de Ford LTD 1974


-- Last edit: 2005-03-17 22:59:37

2491tj EN

2006-03-09 04:02

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THATS a real un!!!

wrenchhead US

2006-03-09 06:04

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That is an Indian Chief on the left.

antp BE

2006-07-13 23:53

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Few more pictures, as this car really deserves that...

[Image: tucker0046294vp.9021.jpg] [Image: tucker0048302zl.4576.jpg] [Image: tucker0046398al.9825.jpg] [Image: tucker0048393nu.9839.jpg] [Image: tucker0048338us.9675.jpg] [Image: tucker0048420fq.5584.jpg] [Image: tucker0050265xf.849.jpg] [Image: tucker0104025hp.3927.jpg] [Image: tucker0104345iq.4823.jpg] [Image: tucker0104500vv.701.jpg] [Image: tucker0106286uf.8674.jpg] [Image: tucker0106323ka.4535.jpg] [Image: tucker0108305af.4117.jpg] [Image: tucker0108380rv.8411.jpg] [Image: tucker0108583wp.7116.jpg] [Image: tucker0116145rr.7614.jpg] [Image: tucker0116257sa.1916.jpg] [Image: tucker0116518dp.8674.jpg] [Image: tucker0117086ux.4570.jpg] [Image: tucker0120034bs.1149.jpg] [Image: tucker0123158rw.1572.jpg] [Image: tucker0123218hx.4206.jpg] [Image: tucker0129141ji.5765.jpg] [Image: tucker0129207yn.8136.jpg] [Image: tucker0140243nb.5655.jpg] [Image: tucker0141213bs.9683.jpg] [Image: tucker0141281ny.9587.jpg] [Image: tucker0141383nj.9025.jpg]

According few sources, the green replica used for the crash is based on a 1950/1951 Studebaker.

-- Last edit: 2006-07-14 00:05:20

antp BE

2006-07-13 23:56

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Prototypes and drawings...

[Image: proto0028397rl.9525.jpg] [Image: proto0029304ya.9137.jpg] [Image: proto0037360ru.8496.jpg] [Image: proto0052026me.4417.jpg]

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yvon52 BE

2006-07-14 00:12

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L'oncle de ma mère était l'importateur de Tucker pour la Belgique. Au Salon de Bruxelles, il avait un stand .... sans voiture. Il en avait vendu quelques centaines ... avec paiement. Il a du tout rembourser = il était furieux ( :lol: )

J'ai encore quelques catalogues. A l'époque, il y a une Tucker qui est venue en Europe. Ma mère m'a raconté qu'elle l'a vue à Bruxelles, mais malheureusement ce n'était pas à l'époque du salon de l'auto.

Avant guerre, c'était les Bugatti, et après le flop total des Tucker, il ne s'est plus occupé que vendre des Panhards et des DKW.

-- Last edit: 2006-07-14 00:13:14

qwerty_86 US

2006-07-14 03:12

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Man, what a beautiful car!

Firebird86 US

2006-07-14 09:15

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I can verify that the car wrecked in the movie was, and is a 1950 Studebaker modified with 1951 Studebaker and replica Tucker parts. I have seen the actual car used in the movie. It currently resides in an antique auto museum in Tallahassee Florida. I saw it there 8 years ago. In all its banged up glory.

landrover1 AR

2006-07-20 03:14

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i love the car, the design is awesome

Aziz FR

2006-07-21 16:19

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Steven Spielberg a 2 Tucker(des vraies),et,Georges Lucas en a 2 autres(des vraies aussi).

antp BE

2006-07-21 16:23

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2 ça me semble beaucoup quand même...

Aziz FR

2006-07-24 16:48

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Surtout qu'il n'en reste plus beaucoup dans le monde.Mais c'est pourtant vrai...

antp BE

2006-07-24 17:50

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Par rapport au nombre de voitures produites (51), les 47 restantes représentent une proportion énorme par rapport à la majorité des autres voitures :D

stpaulcarguy US

2006-11-30 06:35

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I'd love to get my hands on one of those. :love:

wickey SK

2006-11-30 11:40

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stpaulcarguy wrote I'd love to get my hands on one of those. :love:

no problem, prepare some cash and wait for it in the auction ;) Link to "www.rmauctions.com"

marioman3138 AU

2008-05-09 08:22

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I have a 1:64 model 1948 Tucker Turpedo. It's prettey cool.

carguy60 US

2008-08-16 19:28

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Here's a few photos of the prototype "Tin Goose" Tucker and the Waltz Blue car. Both of these cars reside in the Swigert Museum in Huntingdon, PA, the oldest automobile museum in the US and the only musuem to have 2 Tuckers. The owner, Mrs. Swigert, gave my car club a "behind the velvet ropes" look at theses cars. The Waltz Blue car was the one used in the chase scene and was damaged during use. The film company paid for a complete restoration after filming. The prototype differs in many ways from the production models including painted front grilles and conventional, as opposed to suicide, rear doors.
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-- Last edit: 2008-08-16 19:37:43

studie289 US

2009-09-20 07:58

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The "Tucker" that gets crashed is a 1950 Studebaker modified by Tom Sparks, movie car genius and supplier of cars to films for over 40 years. Some of the real Tuckers used in the film were treated very poorly, and had serious damage done to original upholstery and even body damage. The owner of the car used in the chase was so discouraged that she ended up selling the car. I have to disagree with Carguy60 -- the movie company did not pay for a complete restoration on the car. They did their typical half-hearted repairs, which were completely unsatisfactory, then they refused to do any more. The owner contacted me in the hope that I could help persuade the movie company to do a proper restoration, but then sold the car before I was able to make the necessary arrangements through Tom Sparks. Sparks said if he had known, the car would have been properly restored, but he was contacted too late.

Phantomrig US

2010-02-13 03:01

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I agree with my friend studie289 on this one. The production crew we not that nice to the cars used in the movie. Every car used in the movie was damaged in some sort of way weather it was during shipping or production all cars used were damaged in some way. The car that received the most damage during the production was the car studie289 mentioned above, it is car SN 1013 AKA the 13th car produced. 1013 now lives in Huntington PA and the Swigart Museum, it sits on display next to the Tin Goose.

ShantJ US

2011-05-30 22:30

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Wasn't the official name Tucker Sedan?

enzovega US

2011-07-01 14:58

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The official name of the car is the Tucker '48. It was referred to as the Tucker Torpedo in pre-production literature and advertisements, and this name is commonly misused to identify the production car.

JTGrodes US

2012-06-25 11:59

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Neat design, horrible to drive.

130rapid PL

2012-06-25 12:06

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JTGrodes wrote Neat design, horrible to drive.


Did you try or just guessing?

rjluna2 US

2012-07-16 16:04

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antp wrote Few more pictures, as this car really deserves that...

[Image: tucker0106286uf.8674.jpg] [Image: tucker0106323ka.4535.jpg]

According few sources, the green replica used for the crash is based on a 1950/1951 Studebaker.

/vehicle_516713-Tucker-Torpedo-Replica-1948.html

maxman CA

2012-08-16 04:53

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I support the Studebaker being added as a Made for Movie vehicle.

SN95 US

2013-03-09 16:42

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As I recall, the movie makes a big deal out of the Tucker having seatbelts. They don't seem to have made it into the final product, however. At least the only one I've seen with the door open (at the Tupelo Auto Museum in Mississippi) doesn't have them. Wikipedia doesn't mention seatbelts in the article on the Tucker. Anyone know anything about this?

mike962 DE

2013-03-09 18:12

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mr car US

2013-07-17 03:03

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I recently sat in one of the Tuckers used in the movie! A man who worked at the Stahl Auto Museum in Chesterfield Michigan let me sit in it!

-- Last edit: 2013-07-19 15:26:37

aolju ES

2014-10-24 17:19

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Shouldn't the prototype be listed as a different vehicle? It had many differences with the final product, as they explain in the movie...

antp BE

2014-10-27 16:47

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There is one page for all Tucker 48 seen in the movie, regrouping real and replicas.
Additional pages could be created if we have more info to give about a particular real one seen in the movie.

-- Last edit: 2014-10-27 16:47:51

aolju ES

2014-11-19 18:44

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Ok

oddsox US

2015-07-13 22:10

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rjluna2 wrote
/vehicle_516713-Tucker-Torpedo-Replica-1948.html


[Image: tuckerwreckfnt.jpg]
[Image: tuckerwreckbak.jpg]

photos of the real wrecked car.
Rolled at 100mph at Indy during a test run, just body damage (fenders, roof). The windshield & rear window popped out, as designed.

-- Last edit: 2015-07-20 18:08:11

oddsox US

2015-07-13 22:15

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JTGrodes wrote Neat design, horrible to drive.


Famous (and hilarious!) Mechanix Illustrated road test journalist Tom McCahill was very impressed with the Tucker.
Couldn't find his original article (can anyone out there find it? Mechanix Illustrated, August 1948)
Here's a 1971 "re-test.
http://www.oldride.com/library/1948_tucker.html


-- Last edit: 2015-07-14 03:22:07

mike962 DE

2018-10-24 21:50

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-- Last edit: 2018-10-25 19:46:23 (walter)

walter IT

2018-10-25 17:20

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No same shot as current?

mike962 DE

2018-10-25 19:28

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Isn't the shot from the showroom not better ?

-- Last edit: 2018-10-25 19:46:15 (walter)

train68 US

2018-10-26 05:26

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The first time I visited the LeMay Car Museum, I actually saw one of these.

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