Eric Breslow's 1948 Tucker Sedan

Collector Eric Breslow shares the prize of his private collection of cars, Preston Tucker's 1948 Tucker automobile

Released on 6/4/2013

Credits

Starring: Eric Breslow

Transcript

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(upbeat heavy-bass music)
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So what was the question, there? Was there a question?
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As a 12 year old kid, I'm sitting there playing with my
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toy cars, I saw this incredible movie
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and I wanted a toy Tucker
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and I bought this little Tucker model.
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When I finally did well in my business,
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not only did up with a Tucker,
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but I ended up with Tucker's Tucker and
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it's been our pleasure and privilege to preserve this car.
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Preston Tucker was kind of a hero because
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here is guy who had a great idea
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and I think he was a little ambitious
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and that he was the American dream encapsulated.
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This car was kind of a game-changer in the
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automotive industry and it set the stage
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for innovations that are still innovative today.
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The turning headlight in the center
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was something that modern cars came up with in the 80s
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but Preston Tucker was doing this in the 40s.
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He got almost all the way there.
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He was a few months away from putting out
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hundreds of cars a day but all that's left of his dream
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are 47 survivor prototypes that made it out.
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Eric, this is the jewel of your collection.
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The 1948 Tucker.
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This is a guy that actually did it.
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He was a car enthusiast that said I'm gonna make a car,
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and found a way to make it happen.
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He made 50 prototypes and then was shut down
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and he was ready to turn that line on.
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Padded dashboard and pop-out windshield.
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I mean, these were Tucker firsts in 1948 that
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it took 'til the 80s, in some cases,
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to get on modern cars.
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It's this interesting motor. It's an aircraft motor.
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It smokes a little bit on startup.
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But, the Tucker had a lot of power in it's day.
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So Matt, just like that famous picture that we've got
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of Preston Tucker sitting in his car,
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waving out to the public,
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I gotta get you in the front seat
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of this one and have you wave.
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So Eric, the next time you take this car out,
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be sure to call me.
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I'm definitely going for a ride.
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It's not everyday that you get to sit
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and do a Tucker.
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This has been so much fun.
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Now, you have this great car collection.
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Let's go for a ride in something.
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Pick out something that you think is gonna be fun.
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Alright, I'm gonna hook you up with
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a real chick-magnet car. Great.
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Let's go.
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(car engine revs)
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[Matt] Really, this is the best you've got?
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[Eric] You're gonna love it. Come on.
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[Matt] It's so tiny. (laughs)
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Wow it's fast.
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[Eric] 28 horsepower.
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I hope you've enjoyed this continued look
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at Eric Breslow and his private collection
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including his amazing 1948 Tucker.
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