The Tucker Torpedo is a hidden vehicle available in L.A. Noire. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity initiated by the news media, a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a heavily publicized stock fraud trial. Speculation exists that the circumstances which brought the Tucker Corporation down were contributed to by the Big Three automakers and Michigan senator Homer S. Ferguson.
This vehicle can be found on the northeast corner of Oakwood and Western Avenues, behind an industrial building. Enter from the alley at Maplewood Avenue and go south as far as you can, turn right and it's in the far corner.
Each of the 51 cars (fifty including the original "Tin Goose") produced by Tucker were different in some way. In fact, the cars themselves were prototypes when they were sold, each car existed purely to correct a fault or problem posed by the car built previously to it.
Of the 51 cars auctioned to the public after the corporation folded in 1949, only 47 are accounted for. Tuckers of no. 1018, 1023 and 1027 were destroyed; #1018 sideswiped a tree in New York state, #1023 was destroyed in a fire at a warehouse in Deland, FL and #1027 was rolled during testing at Indianapolis by the Tucker, Corp. in 1948.
Tucker No. 1042 was auctioned as incomplete and the only car from the Tucker plant to be sold without an engine in 1948. From that date onwards, the car is unaccounted for and rumors exist that it was used in a 'Bash a Tucker' fundraiser in the 1950s or may have been hauled off from its storage location by a disgruntled renter who wanted the car crushed. Its location was unknown until 1973 when automotive writer Memmo Duerksen began following up on a story of a Tucker car that had been discovered abandoned along the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis, TN, by a local policeman around 1960. He reportedly took possession of the remains, but he spent some time in hospital after a large motorcycle accident, and when he returned home the car was missing. No photos of Tucker No. 1042 are known to exist, and there are no clues as to the car's current location. Pieces of the car's 'Tuckermatic' transmission have been found, but there is no physical evidence to tie it to the car. This is possibly the most haunting and bizarre case of a missing Tucker, and the only Tucker left unaccounted for for more than sixty years.
- Vernon Mapes drives a black Tucker Torpedo during the Nicholson Electroplating case, which could symbolize Howard Hughes' connection to and support for Preston Tucker.