For four generations, the Ida's have been Tucker Fanatics. Back in 1947, Joe Ida heard about the revolutionary new car dubbed "The Car Of Tomorrow". When he learned more about Preston Tucker, and his exciting new ideas, Joe Knew that he needed to be a part of this. Joe and his brothers Frank and Dominic pooled their money together and opened a Tucker Dealership in Yonkers NY. After Preston Tucker's legal issues said to be applied by the competition put him out of business, the dealers were also left out of business.
Joe never gave up on believing in Preston Tucker and his car. For the next fifthy years, Joe regretted noit having purchased one of the 51 cars that were auctioned of by the government at the Tucker plant in Chicago. The car haunted him, but as the years went by, the cars became more and more valuable and to him less and less obtainable.
Fast forward fifthy years...... Ida Automotive Inc. started by Joe's son Bobby in 1959 as a Hot Rod and performance related repair shop saw a world of changes through its history. When Bobby's son Rob joined the company in 1990, together the father and son team made specialty vehicles an exclusive focus. Together they designed and created many specialty cars and manufactured components for the automotive aftermarket. World class custom cars were coming out of the shop as their equipment and capabilities grew.
Having a shop that was now able to create entire cars in house, the Three generations decided to embark on the ultimate project, a New Tucker 48. This is not a "KIt Car" or some cheap "look-a-like", but a hand crafted "Continuation Car" built with the same principles in mind that Preston Tucker beleived in back in 1948. Preston Tucker was a forward thinking creative mind, that looked forward, not back. For him styling was very important, equally as important as forward thinking mechanicals.
With keeping in harmony with Preston Tuckers beleifs, the Ida's decided their New Tucker 48s should also couple the classic Tucker design, but with modern materials and performance abilities. Mid-engine, four wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, Transverse engine, Climate control, etc. were all key elements in designing our cars.
Please see the video and photos below to see what is the latest Tucker Projects going on in our shop.
Our tuckers are only available as Turn Key cars, and are very exclusive. They can only be purchased directly from us, there will only be 51 cars built, and only available one at a time. We do not sell bodies, parts or "kits". Follow our site to see when the next car will be available.