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Posted By: Rick Thompson
Posted On: Friday January 17, 2020 at 3:25 PM
David, I wanted to refresh my memory so I went to "Collectible Automobile's"
July '85 issue which featured the Tucker. I know you have a copy!

On the cover is Tucker #41, clearly light yellow. Note the wheel covers. Then this car is shown, minus the license plate, on pages 54-55 in what is clearly white or very light beige and with different wheel covers.. Same owner. Then, it's back again on pages 60-61 in yellow, and still with the same owner. Weird.

As for the story on the colors, the caption on p. 49 reads "Paint colors varied among the 50 production Tuckers, as did equipment and some running gear." We knew about the variations in trim pieces, door handles, fuel filler locations, etc. Then, on p. 59, in the sidebar about the Tucker Club, we find "All Tuckers are four-door sedans and look about the same except for colors; nearly every one was done in a different hue." Neither of these statements is definitive, but they do seem to support what I always thought---that each was different in color although sometimes the differences weren't dramatic. That same sidebar states that "even a few [Tuckers] got the self-shifting "Tuckermatic" transmission. Car #48 is fitted with a three-speed Borg-Warner manual, while other cars have four-speed manuals and some the four-speed electric shift. Lots of variations in transmissions, then, too.

By the way, the Kelly Green car, no. 5, was at an indoor car show in Austin some years back and the owner was there at a table displaying his Tucker literature collection and his own paperwork. He'd owned the car for a long time, and had several large binders of official papers, registration documents, and that sort of thing. He was a really nice guy and after we'd talked for awhile, he invited me to sit in his car. It was really cool, the only time I actually met an owner of a Tucker and given the privilege of sitting behind the wheel. He was an older gentleman when this happened, so I wonder if he is still living or who owns the car now.

Seems that there is nothing easy about the history of Tuckers!

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Pics: Here is my complete set of Brooklin’s current series Tuckers. by David Knight #27137
But...there are only eight. Weren't there fifty? ;) (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27137.1
Tucker built 51 cars, 47 still exist. by David Knight #27137.1.1
LOL, John ! (EOM) by Mike DeTorrice #27137.1.2
David, I wanted to refresh my memory so I went to "Collectible Automobile's" by Rick Thompson #27137.2
Great stuff, Rick. Thanks. by John Kuvakas #27137.2.1
Rick just received an award for best write. by Shel Platt #27137.2.2
Thanks, Shel! I'm honored. Actually, I live for this stuff. As an American History by Rick Thompson #27137.2.2.1
You knew Leon Mandel! Amazing! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27137.
Yep! He and his family lived in Reno and so did I, before and after by Rick Thompson #27137.
I have lunch monthly with William Jeanes also a former by Bob Jackman #27137.
Another one of the good ones! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27137.
Agreed! Mandel, Yates, Jeanes, Weith, Jean Shepherd, Dick Smothers... by Rick Thompson #27137.
It was always refreshing to read Smothers articles. He was a true car guy. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27137.
I really like David E Davis as well (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27137.
Seconded Shel. The amount of knowledge on this Forum never ceases to amaze me (EOM) by John Roberts #27137.2.2.2
Of yours, I like the bronze and Waltz Blue best, but the beige looks surprisingly good, too! (EOM) by Rick Thompson #27137.3
We have David to thank for the Waltz Blue. He campaigned successfully and tirelessly for it. by John Kuvakas #27137.3.1
Hear, hear! Nice work, David! (EOM) by Rick Thompson #27137.3.1.1
Leon was one of the greats. What a privilege and honor you had! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #27137.
A wonderful set of Tucker models. I need to bring mine together. (EOM) by John Merritt #27137.4

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