May 15 2018

Profile Series: Tucker 1007- The Metallic Blue Tucker at the LeMay Collections in Tacoma


In the eighth of our profile series on the 51 Tuckers, the metallic blue Tucker 1007 of the LeMay Collections of Marymount located in Tacoma, Washington.
 
Enjoy,
 
Howard Kroplick


Tucker 1007

Original Color: Green/300
Current Color: Deep Metallic Blue

Ownership/History:

June 12, 1948: Sold to Air-Cooled Motors, Syracuse, New York and used for engine testing.

October 20, 1950: Purchased by David Graver of Kilroy Motors of Irvington, New Jersey at the Tucker Bankruptcy auction.

1953: Purchased by Nick Jenin of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Became part of his"Fabulous Tuckers Show". In the early 1960s was painted a bright red-orange, then later painted black.

1964: Sold to W. Ray Wallace of Dallas, Texas.  In 1978, Wallace began a 15-year restoration. Painted a deep metallic blue in the early 1990s.

October 30, 1994: Purchased at auction by Bill Ray Gouldd of Las Vegas, Nevada for a $255,000.

2001: The Petersen Museum of Los Angeles, CA bought Tucker 1007 as part of a large group of cars. Bill Ray Gouldd has been ordered to sell under an agreement with the FTC after running a major pyramid scheme in the 1990s. The Petersen Museum was not interested in keeping Tucker 1007 and only bought it to acquire other cars within the group.

June 16, 2002: Purchased by the LeMay Family for $334,800 at a Barrett-Jackson auction.

Current Owner: LeMay Collections at Marymount

Current Ownership Type: Museum

Location: Tacoma, Washington
Website: LeMay Collections

Profile and Images (Tucker Automobile Club of America)

Engine: Franklin 0-335, 6-cylinder horizontally opposed, 334 cubic inch, 166 HP
Transmission: Cord

Notes/Distinguishing Features:

     - Used for testing of the Franklin engine at Air-Cool Motors in Syracuse in 1948

      -Unique Metallic Blue Color (Originally Andante Green)

    - Was part of Nick Jenin's "Fabulous Tuckers Show" until 1964.


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Tucker 1007 was likely on one of the "Fabulous Tuckers" trailers in the 1950s,

The copy reads:" World's Only Complete Exhibit... America's Most Controversal Cars".



Comments

May 20 2018 S. Berliner, III 5:02 PM

Please tell us about the bare chassis on the lead trailer.  Sam, III

May 21 2018 Rich 8:20 AM

...love those Tucker photos and stories!

May 24 2018 JAMES GRAVER 6:15 PM

MY FATHER DAVID GRAVER WAS THE OWNER OF TUCKER # 1007 WHICH HE PURCHASED AT THE BANKRUPTCY AUCTION FOR $1,700 TO SHOW SOMETHING FOR HIS LOSS OF $50,000.00 THE COST PAID TO PRESTON TUCKER FOR HIS AREA FRANCHISE IN NEW JERSEY.

AT THE UNVEILING OF THE CARS TO THE PUBLIC ALL DEPOSITS TAKEN FOR DELIVERY WERE NOT RETURNED AS THE MONEY WAS SENT TO PRESTON TUCKER AND SUPPOSEDLY PUT INTO ESCROW ACCOUNTS. ALL MY FATHER EVER RECEIVED AS A FRANCHISE OWNER WERE RADIOS, SLIPCOVERS AND LUGGAGE THAT WAS SOLD ALONG WITH THE CARS AS AN INCENTIVE TO BE FIRST IN LINE FOR DELIVERY. THIS ALL HAPPENED WHEN I WAS TEN OR ELEVEN I WILL BE SEVENTY NINE SHORTLY.

May 24 2018 JAMES GRAVER 6:27 PM

REGARDING TUCKER #1007 MY FATHER WAS A TUCKER FRANCHISE OWNER AND I HAVE MANY UNTOLD STORIES ABOUT HIS TUCKER#1007 AND THE TUCKER FRANCHISE

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