By Harvey Goranson March 2015
A COMPARISON OF BROOKLIN’S NEW 222X 1948 TUCKER AND ITS PREDECESSOR 2X
Brooklin has produced a new and completely revised casting of its venerable 1948 Tucker Torpedo. Three versions have been produced, all numbered 222x, and all only available from the Antique Automobile Club of America’s museum gift shop in Hershey, Pennsylvannia. This is because this museum is now home to David Cammack’s collection of Tucker memorabilia, including three restored Tucker Torpedoes. These include Chassis 1001, in metallic maroon, Chassis 1022 (metallic gray), and Chassis 1026 (metallic bronze). Brooklin has replicated all three (600 of maroon, 500 of the other two).
I bought the original No. 2 Tucker from John Hall when it was first issued. After the casting was revised, and versions were issued to coincide with the Tucker movie, I acquired a metallic red 2x. It was a great improvement over the original. Now we have #222x which has raised the bar further. Many have said this is one of the best Brooklins yet, and it does show how far they have progressed. Take a look:
New 222x metallic maroon version on left. Clearly evident are a lot more separate chrome parts.
Gone is the front plate, allowing the bumper and grille area to be accurately portrayed. The grille has been blackwashed, and front indicator lights, hood ornament, windshield divider, and wipers are separate pieces.
Taillight castings have been improved and the emblem below the rear window is a separate piece. The rear grille has perforations now, and John Roberts informs us that 3D printing was used to create it.
That this is a completely new casting is evident here. Note how much narrower the casting is in the vicinity of the rear window. Overall the new version has a more accurate appearance.
More separate parts – door handles, antenna, vent window frames, and blackwashed rear fender grilles. The rear side window has been opened up a bit. Note also hubcaps reside on painted wheels rather that the one-piece chromed units on 2x.
All three cars have interior colours appropriate to the chassis modelled, and white steering wheels with horn rings. Minor body detail differences have not been missed either – remember the 51 cars built were essentially all prototypes – so there are different door handles and fuel filler locations. Each baseplate states this is an AACA special edition and the appropriate chassis number is cast in. I look forward to seeing what colour Brooklin uses on the “standard” No. 222 when it appears!