Apr 01 2017

Documenting 1947 New York Region Tucker Sales and Dealerships

I recently acquired an original Tucker Corporation document that provided information on New York Region dealerships and sales as of December 5, 1947.  The document supports the belief that the Tucker '48 was on its way to becoming a success. Without the benefit of even having a showroom automobile, the 129 New York dealerships had sold 24,025 Tucker '48s representing 85% of the quota.

A total of 2,175 Tuckers were sold in the 17 Nassau and Suffolk dealerships. Today, there is only one Tucker in New York State.


Howard Kroplick

A meeting of the New York Region of Tucker dealerships. Courtesy of Preston Tucker, LLC.

Handwritten notes on Tucker letterhead.

Nassau County dealerships

Suffolk County dealerships

Westchester dealerships

My analysis of the sales information in the 1947 document.

Ida Brothers, Inc., Yonkers, NY

Joe Ida in front of the Ida Brothers Tucker dealership in Yonkers. Courtesy of his grandson Rob Ida.

Joe  Ida can be seen in the above New York dealership photo (sitting in the chair with the red dot).

Stony Brook Motor Sales, NY

Hargis Motor Sales, Riverhead, NY


Apr 02 2017 Roger Price 6:59 PM

I remember the Tucker dealership building at 46 Fulton St. in Hempstead.  It was south of the Hempstead business district.  To my knowledge, they never even had a car to show.  I can still imagine the neon TUCKER sign on the facade of the building.  I’m amazed at the documentation that you’ve been able to secure.  The whole story is fascinating.

Apr 02 2017 JeRita 9:06 PM

wonderful information Howard Thank you

Apr 03 2017 steve sicklick 6:41 AM

Very interesting to see how the Tucker story actually played out at the regional level.

Apr 03 2017 Bob Andreocci 8:10 PM

The fact that a Tucker dealership was in Williston Park, NY is flabbergasting.  It was, and still is, a small hamlet just north of Mineola, NY.  It is also amazing that that address was also a Studebaker dealership.  Two small makes that decided to be in a small, developing community,  Amazing.  Bob Andreocci

Apr 04 2017 Paul DiNatale 1:28 PM

what a shame that the tucker automobiles never made it to the showrooms as it would of been a successful business.

Apr 10 2017 Steven Vilardi 4:56 PM

Im surprised there were no Five Towns area Tucker dealerships. The people in that area were always the first to have something new and special like a Tucker.

Apr 15 2017 Hope 6:11 PM

What was the actual physical address of Joe Ida’s Tucker dealership in Yonkers, NY?
Howard Kroplick
207 S. Broadway, Yonkers, NY

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