A passion for Tucker automobiles runs deep in Rob’s veins. His grandfather Joe was a Tucker dealer in Yonkers, New York – for three days, until scandal brought down Tucker’s company – and circa 1998 Rob built his first Tucker 48 replica in homage to his grandfather. The project connected him to Sean Tucker, himself an automotive engineer, and the two have collaborated on Tucker-related projects ever since. After building a series of Tucker 48s for customers, Rob and his dad turned their attention to the unfinished Torpedo project circa 2008.
Working from the model presented its own challenges, as it was rendered in asymmetrical form by Lawson to give Preston Tucker options. The passenger side of the model depicted a car with a fixed front fender and headlamp, while the driver side used a fender – and headlamp – that moved with the front wheels. For either design, a central “cyclops” headlamp provided additional illumination of the road ahead.
As envisioned by the Idas, the Tucker Torpedo will feature moveable front fenders and headlamps, with a fixed “cyclops” lamp mounted amidships, atop the grille. With no guide to designing and building a central driver’s seat (plus two passenger seats), Sean Tucker was entrusted with the design of the Torpedo’s seating. His innovative solution involves a motorized turret, which rotates each seat into position for easy entry and exit.
This will be the collector’s third Ida-built Tucker, and of his other two examples, Kerekes said, “My Tucker vehicles have brought me more joy than any other cars in my life.” That’s a particularly bold statement considering his collection also includes a variety of hot rods, Ferraris, Porsches, and racing cars.
Proceeds from the Night at the Museum event go to support the AACA Museum, as well as the Children’s Miracle Network at PennState Health Children’s Hospital. Racer and team owner Bobby Rahal will also be on hand to receive the museum’s first-ever Automotive Heritage Award. For additional details, or to purchase tickets, visit NightAtTheMuseum.org.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Kurt Ernst.