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