The Tucker

Dateline: 1997

The Tucker
Even though it has been over 50 years since the Tucker has been produced, fans of the automobile keep the memory alive and well through The Tucker Club. Everything about the Tucker was ahead of its time. From the unconventional number of headlights with the “cyclops-eye” that turned with the front wheels, to seat cushions that were interchangeable, to an engine that could be removed in 18 minutes — even today many of those features would be considered innovative.

Authentic Tucker memorabilia is very hard to find and goes for high prices, but you can purchase books, mugs, magnets, posters, license plates, caps and more on the Memorabilia Shoppe site. You can also visit the Tucker car guide which lists the cars and the museum where they are displayed.

The Henry Ford Museum has an online exhibit about the Tucker. One interesting portion is a copy of the letter sent by Tucker, “An Open Letter to The Automobile Industry In The Interests Of The American Motorist” By Preston Tucker President, Tucker Corp.

The automobilia buff will also enjoy The Henry Ford Museum’s pictures of the Tucker where you can zoom in on the engine and other portions of the car for a close-up and personal look.

In June 1997 Mark Boone both introduced the Tucker Cookie Jar and hosted the Tucker Automobile Club’s annual convention. This was the 50th Anniversary of the car and was held in Ypsilanti, MI, birthplace of Preston Tucker. Talk to Mark for more than two minutes and his enthusiasm for the Tucker car and jar is overwhelming! It shines through email, telephone conversations and snail mail. You just can’t hold that guy down when he is talking about his hobbies!

There were only 51 Tucker Automobiles produced, but 251 Tucker cookie jars were made. Tucker owners have bought them (often custom painted) to match their own jar, they are also displayed in car museums and homes of both Tucker and cookie jar enthusiasts worldwide.

Keep an eye out online, you may not be able to afford the real Tucker Automobile, but a Tucker Car Jar might be the ticket!

How many times have you seen a cookie jar and wondered — Why didn’t I think of that? Well, maybe you really didn’t wonder, because how on earth would you go about producing a jar? All these thoughts have gone through Mark Boone’s head, but he went ahead and did something few of us could do. He produced a great looking Tucker car jar. Mark is a both Tucker and cookie jar fanatic, so it was just a natural match.

The Tucker Car was produced 50 years ago (1947) in Ypsilanti, Michigan in the very limited number of 51. Of course, anytime anyone or anything reaches the ripe age of 50, a celebration is in order and The Tucker Car Club is going to have a big one in June. Mark is the head of the party and sometime in his planning stages, he thought about the perfect item for the party goers — a cookie jar.

Then the fun part started, many phone calls were made to various art studios currently producing jars, licensing was looked into, production dates were talked about, prices were negotiated and finally a prototype was drawn up. Mark settled on the New Rose Studios to make the car jar. After the prototype was produced and pictures were available of the clay model, the job of marketing an unknown jar to the collectors began.

Mark offered 100 jars to cookie jar collectors, saving the rest for the Tucker Car Club Convention. After pictures of his prototype were shown on the internet, collectors filled Mark’s email box excited about the new jar. The initial 100 jars were quickly sold.

Today the only way a Tucker cookie jar can be purchased is online at eBay or other similar venues. They don’t come up too often, but when they do, collectors notice. Expect to pay at least $200. for a mint condition jar.

An Update Twenty Years Later:
I asked Mark Boone his thoughts twenty years after his adventure in cookie jar production. “No regrets. A number of jars are in museums with the cars. For a novice I think I did OK. Tucker had his dream and I had mine. And I’m still dreaming and doing stuff at the age of 63. Life is tough but it is life.”

Yes, he’s still living his dream.