1948 Tucker Sedan #1023 (before the fire)

1948 Tucker Sedan #1023 (before the fire)

Salvatore D.
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In the case of Tucker #1023, it was proved that 13 is not an unlucky number, but rather 23 holds a lot more misfortune. The car headed to Massachusetts and New York as a demonstrator before finding its way to Florida nearly 30 years later. In the late 1970s, the car, now painted in primer and showing its age, sat in storage as it awaited restoration. But in the early hours of Sept. 29, 1978, fire broke out. The 20,000-square-foot Allied Van Lines warehouse in Deland, in which the car was stored became completely engulfed with fire; thick black smoke could be seen 16 hours after firefighters arrived. The building housed an auction and a heavy equipment repair service and stored more than 100,000 yards of camouflage fabric. The contents burned so hot that fire investigators had to use cranes to remove the mass of twisted beams. Under the rubble lay what was left of Tucker No. 1023. The damaged Tucker sat unprotected until April 1980 when it was released from the site. The rusted, warped hulk revealed only a few salvageable items when Tucker historian Richard Jones inspected it and brought it home. What was left was taken to the crusher and later buried in his back yard. “Today,” explained Jones, “my two-and-a-half-car garage rests on top of the remains of Tucker No. 1023.” Original model by mjc. #1023 #1940s #1948 #auto #automobile #car #crushed #damaged #Deland #dream #fire #Florida #futuristic #maroon #Preston_Tucker #production #rare #scrap #Sedan #special #Torpedo #totaled #Tucker #Tucker_Corp #vehicle #wrecked
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