The story of the most beautiful car in the world that today is worth more than a million dollars

Tucker 48 Sedan Car

Manufactured in Chicago, United States, it was a touring vehicle with design and comfort ahead of its time. The Tucker 48 Sedan became the safest and most innovative car on the market until something went wrong: suspicions of fraud led to the closure of the company and only 51 units of this jewel of the automotive industry were manufactured.

Designed by American Preston Tucker in 1948, the story dates back to the early 1930s, when Tucker, a former cop turned luxury car salesman, became a fan of the Indianapolis 500, one of the oldest existing car races.

The background of the Tucker 48

Motivated by speed and his passion for cars Tucker did not stop until he convinced Harry Miller, a car manufacturer whose models won the Indianapolis 500 nine times, to build in partnership what would be the most beautiful and safest car in the world for his epoch.

Thus, in 1935 Miller and Tucker Inc was born, a promising company that began its decline shortly after, in 1943, with the death of Miller.

Despite the death of his partner, Tucker remained linked to the world of motors and in what was his claim to launch his own car company, he designed a land combat vehicle for the United States Government.

It was a light armored vehicle, which reached 185 kilometers per hour and had a cannon turret. Although that design had been rejected by the army, the navy accepted it and implemented the Tucker Turret for PT boats, assault ships, and bombers such as the B-29.

The birth of the Tucker 48

After the design and creation of different vehicles, Tucker founded TuckerCo., The company with which he would give birth, after World War II, to “the best car ever made.”

The Tucker 48 Sedan was a safety car with innovative features. With an aerodynamic and futuristic style, inspired by the shape of an airplane, its technical specifications showed a rear-engine, disc brakes, fuel injection, the location of all instruments in the diameter of the steering wheel, seat belts, headlights that shatterproof glass and a padded dashboard were spinning alongside the car.

However, what appeared to be a visionary project in practice was not very successful: the fuel injection mechanics in the helicopter engines used by the Tucker48 required frequent maintenance by mechanics skilled in this type of engine. And the disc brakes were difficult to perform due to the high pedal pressure.

The technical problems did not stop arriving. The engine and transmission were not working on the day the vehicle was unveiled and more money was needed to correct the car faults.

Despite the drawbacks, the legend of the most beautiful car in the world lives on. Preston manufactured a total of 51 (50 and a prototype) units, since in order to be listed on the stock market the Securities Commission required a minimum of 50 manufactured cars.

Currently, 47 units of the Tucker 58 survive and almost all are in the hands of collectors. And the price is far from being that of the failed vehicle that sentenced Tucker to a trial in which the company was taken away from him and sentenced him to the failure of his life. The last Tucker48 was sold at Sothebys in 2018 in California, worth more than $1.5 million.