1948 Tucker Sedan

Preston Tucker's automobile was promoted as "the first completely new car in fifty years" because of its novel engineering and safety features and its unique styling. The rear-mounted engine and rubber suspension were designed to improve performance and reduce noise, fumes, and vibration. Safety features included a center headlight that turned with the front wheels and collision protection provided by a pop-out windshield, padded dashboard, and "safety chamber" for the front passenger. Tucker's styling gave the car a futuristic appearance and an impression of power and speed. Fifty-one cars were built before production was halted due to financial problems.
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overall: 63 in x 81 in x 221 in; 160.02 cm x 205.74 cm x 561.34 cm
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U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Marshals Service
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


"I have always loved learning about automobile, and agriculture history. While studying at East Carolina University's, Business School, it was in an Entrepreneurial class that I first learned about The Tucker Automobile. I was completely intrigued by the amazing talent and brilliance of Mr. Tucker. So glad that I came across this magnificent piece of auto industry history. "
We would've enjoyed seeing #39 since we have seen most of the remaining models and belong to the Tucker Car Club. But it is not on display at the museum.

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