Dec 26 2017

Updated 1/24/2018: Profile Series: Tucker 1029 Preston Tucker’s Tucker

In the sixth of our profile series, Tucker 1029, owned by Preston Tucker and recently sold at the January 2018 RM Sotheby's Auction, is featured.


Howard Kroplick

Tucker 1029

Original Color: Grey/500
Current Color: Grey


  • Preston Tucker: 1948-1955
  • Winthrop Rockefeller: 1955-1959 Rockefeller was then chairman of the Arkansas Industrial Development Corporation. He would become governor of Arkansas (1967-1971)
  • Albert Gayson 1959- unknown (may have been the broker)
  • Max Novak: 1967-unknown
  • British Motor Car Distributers: unknown
  • Jack Bart: unknown-1989
  • Todd Werby: 1989-2004
  • Lew Webb: 2005-2018
  • Mark Lieberman: 2018

Current Owner: Mark Lieberman

Current Ownership Type: Private

Location:Auburn Hills, Michigan
Website: Nostalgic Motoring Ltd.

Profile and Images (Tucker Automobile Club of America)

Engine: Franklin 0-335, 6-cylinder horizontally opposed, 334 cubic inch, 166 HP
Transmission: Tucker Y-1

Notes/Distinguishing Features:

  • The personal car of Preston Tucker until 1955
  • One of the Tuckers test driven in 1948 at the Indianapolis Speedway
  • Featured in the 1948 promotional film Tucker: The man and the car
  • Owned by Winthrop Rockefeller of Arkansas
  • One of 22 Tuckers featured in the 1988 film Tucker: A Man and his Dream
  • Offered for sale for "best offer over $3,000" by Albert Gayson of  Los Angeles
  • Not sold for $225,000 at World Classic Auction (April 30, 1993)
  • Sold for $461,500 at Bonhams (April 30, 2005)
  • Sold for $1.79 million (fee inclusive) at RM Sotheby's Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona (January 18, 2018)

RM Sotheby's Arizona (January 18, 2018)

Preston Tucker's Tucker sells for $1.8 million at Arizona sale

HemmingsDaily (January 23, 2018)

Tucker 1029 Offered without reserve. Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby's.

Tucker 1029 was offered for sale for "best offer over $3,000" by Albert Gayson of  Los Angeles (sometime from 1959 to 1967).

A photo of Tucker 1029 was included in a feature on 1948 Tucker in the July 4, 1988 issue of Autoweek.


Dec 31 2017 PAUL DINATALE 5:10 PM

wow great tucker stuff. from the looks of the heater it appears to be electric heat element,am i correct?

Jan 13 2018 PAUL DINATALE 10:11 PM

i may of hit the unsubcribe by mistake. dont pay any attention as i love this site .  i found a old hagstrom map 35 cents that has the motor parkway in it i would like to send it to me a address.

Howard Kroplick

Paul, thanks for the feedback and map offer. My mailing address is 33 Wren Drive, Roslyn, NY 11576.

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