1948 Tucker
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A 1948 Tucker comes up for auction

1948 Tucker
This 1948 Tucker 48 was the third in a total factory run of 51. It was once owned by filmmaker George Lucas. (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
The car’s most distinctive feature is a center-mounted headlight that turns with the steering wheel.  (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
RM Auctions plans to sell the car at its event in Amelia Island, Fla., on March 9. The company estimates the car will sell for $1.5 million to $1.9 million. (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
Tucker retrofitted a helicopter engine for the cars. The 335-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine, which is water-cooled and produces 166 horsepower, sits behind the rear passengers. (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
The Tucker 48 included a padded dashboard when most were metal. (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
The rarity of the Tucker 48 and the technology in it make the car a must-have for collectors, says McKeel Hagerty, owner of a classic car insurance and valuation company. (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
Martyn Donaldson has had the 1948 Tucker at his small Pacoima restoration shop for about three years. He thoroughly restored the car’s engine and electrical system, and installed a new transmission and interior. (Christina House / For The Times)
1948 Tucker
Although the 1948 Tucker’s color is listed as maroon, restorer Martyn Donaldson calls it electric raspberry. (Christina House / For The Times)
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