Preston Tucker's car company was responsible for 51 cars being built. Of those, we know that 47 "Tucker '48s" have survived and we know where all of them are. Sometimes, they come up for sale and fetch millions. 15 years ago, Mark Lieberman located one in a barn in Ohio. Tucker #1044 had not been driven since about 1982 and it became Mark's goal to acquire the car and restore it.
Mark Lieberman owns Nostalgic Motoring, where he buys and sells collector cars and also helps restore them. In his career, he has owned three Tuckers – and if he bought this one, it would be his fourth. He has also helped restore a few for clients. In 2013, one of those restored Tuckers, #1043, set the record for a Tucker sale at $2.915 million. So, when he set out to restore #1046, he wanted to look at another late production Tucker to study how the radio bezel looked. Radios were optional on Tuckers so to find one as a reference meant finding a Tucker so-equipped. Mark knew that #1044 was in Ohio and that it had a radio in it. Mark tracked down the owner and soon had an invitation to come see the car.
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