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Tucker 1009

Car Number: 1009
Original Paint Code/Color: 500 Viola Gray
Current Paint Color: Viola Gray
Original Interior Color: 920 Blue
Current Interior Color: Blue
Body Number: 1011
Original Engine Number: 12
Current Engine Number: 12
Transmission Type: Cord
Ownership: LucasFilms, LTD
Location: California
On Display? No

The Family Tucker
by Curt Johnson

My aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Wilbur Haskell, who lived in Los Angeles, California, were among the very few original purchasers of a Tucker automobile. Dorothy was my mom’s older sister. Her husband, Wilbur Haskell, was a masonry contractor who had done well in business, even during the Depression, and could afford things he wanted. He saw a new Tucker in a showroom not far from his home. He went into the dealership and paid in full for “the first one that came in,” but that didn’t happen. When it became apparent that it would not happen, Wilbur returned to the dealership and demanded either his money back or the keys to “that car,” the one in the showroom. He got the car. The Haskells kept the Tucker until 1959, when they sold it or traded it for another car.

It remained at the car lot until 1962 when a young man who lived just three miles from Dorothy and Wilbur purchased it. From there, it traveled about 45 miles to Ontario, California, where it remained for a few years. In the early 1970s, it was owned by a man in Frankfort, Indiana. In 1987, it was purchased by movie producer George Lucas, who produced the Tucker movie in 1988. Lucas continues to own the car.

This photo was sent to my mom by her sister Dorothy Haskell. Dorothy is standing by the Tucker in this photo.