Feb 07 2017

Tucker Dealerships on Long Island in 1948 Updated: 2/20/17

The Tucker Car Corporation had agreements with over 2,000 dealerships in 1948 throughout the United States. Lou Commisso and Gary Hammond have forwarded this information on the Tucker dealerships on Long Island.


Howard Kroplick

In May 6, 1948, The County Review (Riverhead) reported that the Hargis family had purchased property in Riverhead for the 'new Tucker automobile".  Haargis built a new building for the dealership.

The County Review published this photo with the headline "The New Tucker Automobile Agency on County Highway No 58." Courtesy of Lou Commisso.

The billboard reads:

Coming Soon

Tucker "48"

Hargis Motors

This ad ran announcing the grand opening of the showroom on October 2 and 3, 1948. Courtesy of Lou Commisso.

"The Tucker has dozens of exciting engineering features, any one of which would be a major change in a normal year...features completely new, yet completely proved in fifteen years of rigid tests."

The October  7, 1948 issue of The County Review reported that "between 5,000 and 8,000 persons inspected the new Tucker automobile at the fine new building of the Hargis Motor Sales."

After the opening, Rollin Hargis ran these ads. Courtesy of Lou Commisso.

George and Geraldine Bishop were planning on building a "modernistic showroom" for Tucker automobiles and Steelcraft boats and cruisers in Patchogue. Newsday, August 12, 1948, Courtesy of Gary Hammond.

A viewing on the Tucker in Brooklyn was newsworthy. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 9, 1948. Courtesy of Gary Hammond.

Port Jefferson Messenger, September 3, 1948. Courtesy of Gary Hammond.

On February 10, 1948, the Nassau Daily Review-Star reported the engagement off Marjorie Stickler to Emil Eilertsen, employed by "Tucker Automobile corporation, Valley Stream." Courtesy of Gary Hammond.

Hammond's Historical Happenings (Submitted by Gary Hammond)

Update: 2/20/2017: Gary Hammond reports: In answer to Ken Wiebke's comment on the Stickler - Eilertsen engagement announcement I did a little more digging and based on the attached March 21, 1950 Newsday article it never happened!    She instead married someone else in March 1950.

Gary Hammond: Interesting how when Tucker didn't work out, he became a Hudson Dealer, then to the trailer park!  


Feb 12 2017 S. Berliner, III 5:15 PM

1179 County Road 58, Riverhead - Sleepy’s today - <http://sbiii.com/autopix /tuckeriv.jpg> - whatcha t’ink?  Sam, III

Feb 12 2017 Roger Price 6:54 PM

I grew up in West Hempstead.  I remember, on Fulton Ave. in Hempstead, there was a building that was supposed to be a Tucker dealership.  The Tucker sign was already mounted on the building’s facade.  To my knowledge, they never obtained a Tucker automobile.  I believe the sign was a neon sign, but I’m not sure.
I wish I could give you more info, but that’s as far as my memory goes.

Feb 13 2017 Ken Wiebke 9:02 AM

I can’t help but wonder how the Stickler/Eilerstsen marriage worked out. She being solidly grounded with Colgate and he coming back from the South Pacific perhaps chasing a dream for Marjorie and him with Tucker. 

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