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Traveling Tucker Exhibit – Six Fabulous Tuckers Hit the Road

Tucker Collector Nick R. Jenin of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, purchased his first Tucker car in 1952 from Ezra Schlipf, a mid-western International dealer. Schlipf bought a number of Tuckers and a large quantity of spare parts at the Tucker bankruptcy auction.

It is reported that Jenin owned as many as ten Tuckers at one time. At some point in the late-1950s he set up his own traveling “Fabulous Tuckers” road show that traveled around the county. The exhibit as seen in the lead image ready to travel featured six Tucker cars, a complete chassis and a Metro van filled with Tucker accessories and memorabilia. In the offseason, the cars were stored at the Michigan State Fairgrounds and Tucker #1026 that survives, and an engine test chassis are visible in the photos below.

By the mid-1960s Jenin either tired of the Tuckers or decided to cash out of his investment and advertised the complete collection for sale for $38,000; at that time no one was willing to step up and purchase the collection as a whole. Apparently it took close to ten years until 1974 when Jenin was able to sell off the last car and the balance of the components and parts.

The photos are courtesy of the Tucker Club and Ken Northcraft who posted them on the AACA Facebook page seeking more information about Jenin’s collection. Can any of our readers add more to the story?

10 responses to “Traveling Tucker Exhibit – Six Fabulous Tuckers Hit the Road

  1. What a great story. I wonder what this entire collection would be worth today. I know I would be willing to pay almost any admission price to see all of this in one place. Makes a person wonder “what if”. $38’000 sound rather cheap for such a collection today, but then again in the mid 60,s it was a small fortune to most of us.

  2. This is a great story. I’ve been a Tucker fan since I first saw a picture of one in a 1967 Seagram’s ad, talking about the world of 20 years before. I’ve seen 8 of the 51 cars built, but I’ve never heard of this exhibition. I saw my first one at the Bloomsburg (PA) Fair in about 1970. It was in a text with other old cars. I remember the carnival barker urging people to see “The Tucker! The car with 3 headlights!” Wonder if that was part of this group?

    No wonder I love this blog. Thanks, David! Hope the wrist is feeling better.

  3. Moat of this collection wound up with a man named Cammack and he passed and left his amazing Tucker collection to the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. It is on display in a wing of the museum built to house it. That experimental test chassis is on display also. Along with, I think, 3 complete Tuckers and about 10 engines in various states of development. And so much more.

    • The AACA Tuckers are #1001, #1022, and #1026. The last of those three is the last Tucker on the bottom on the haulers. Each of them has a different suspension, and #1026 is the only remaining Tuckermatic (automatic transmission). The sole other Tucker with that transmission was #1042, which was destroyed near Memphis. The AACA managed to acquire most of the Tuckermatic from that car for display, along with the engine and Y-1 manual transmission from #1018.

      There are also two more Tuckers on display in PA. The Swigart Museum in Huntingdon has #0000 (the first prototype) and #1013, a Waltz Blue 48 that’s otherwise identical to #1022 (same transmission and suspension).

  4. According to a Tucker expert who looked at that photo, the top is (from front to back) a test chassis, #1005, #1012, and #1045, while the bottom is #1037, #1046, #1049, and #1026. Jenin’s known to have also owned #1007 and #1057 (the ’49 prototype), so he had at least 9 Tuckers plus the test bed.

  5. Thank you Steve. I have always had a fascination about Mr. Tucker and his cars. This sounds like a perfect excuse for a road trip to Pa. This has become my favorite web site. I check it out almost everyday to learn something new and interesting.

  6. Wow!!! This is a very rare photograph!, indeed! I was fortunate enough to have experienced a nice ride in a Tucker Automobile, in Ontario, California! I remember its roomy front seat and its really peppy acceleration!!! A sad story of the POWER of “The Big Four”, “doing their very best to do their very worst” to squelch this very viable potential competitor!!! I was there. I witnessed this bully behavior.

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