Million Dollar Tucker Has Landed For Motorclassica 1

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Motorclassica, 6/344 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207. AUSTRALIA. Tel: +61 3 9321 6760.  Fax: +61 3 9321 6751. Email:  ABN 72 101 130 527

This $1 million Tucker Torpedo, the first and only one

in Australia, will star at Motorclassica at the Royal

Exhibition Building this weekend.

19 October 2010


Million dollar Tucker has landed for Motorclassica 

A rare Tucker car worth more than $1 million

has arrived in Melbourne to star at

Motorclassica, the Australian International

Concours d’Elegance and Classic Motor

Show this weekend.

The first and only Tucker Torpedo in

Australia, it is one of just 50 built in the USA

in 1948, powered by a rear-mounted

helicopter engine.

Tucker achieved fame on the silver screen in

1988 when it featured Tucker: The Man and

his Dream, starring Jeff Bridges.

Preston Tucker, who designed and built the

car in the hectic years after World War Two, was brought undone by legal and financial

battles, but his cars became a legend.

A Melbourne businessman  bought the Tucker in the USA in August for US$1.14 million,

and it arrived in Melbourne last week, and has since been fettled and fitted with blinkers to

meet local registration requirements.

Now tuned up and running beautifully, it will be one of more than 80 classic cars driven

through Melbourne on Friday morning as part of the Tour Classica prelude to Motorclassica.

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Motorclassica, 6/344 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207. AUSTRALIA. Tel: +61 3 9321 6760.  Fax: +61 3 9321 6751.  Email:  ABN 72 101 130 527

The Tucker has a flat-six rear engine based on the engine used in the Bell helicopters in

MASH, which gives the car a top speed of 190 km/h – very fast for 1948.

At least one Tucker enthusiast is flying from Brisbane for Motorclassica specially to see the

car at Motorclassica, but local enthusiasts need only travel to the Royal Exhibition Building

to see this and some 140 other classic beauties and supercars.

Meanwhile, Friday promises a lovely spring morning for those who want to catch a look at

the cars in Tour Classica, which will assemble for breakfast near the Albert Park boat sheds.

The Tour will depart at 10 am for a loop through Pit Straight and back, then up Clarendon

Street, via La Trobe Street and Exhibition Street to arrive at the Royal Exhibition Building

around 11 am.

Motorclassica runs from 5pm to 9pm on Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and

Sunday at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton – details at

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Motorclassica Director:

Paul Mathers

(03) 9321 6760 or 0409 812 347

Media inquiries & images:

Greg Shoemark

(03) 9898 5570 or 0412 316 928

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