1948 Tucker Sedan

Description
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.
Date made
1948
Measurements
overall: 63 in x 81 in x 221 in; 160.02 cm x 205.74 cm x 561.34 cm
ID Number
1993.0484.01
accession number
1993.0484
catalog number
1993.0484.01
Credit Line
U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Marshals Service
subject
Automobiles
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
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Road Transportation
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Exhibition
AOTM
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History