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.

Date Made: 1948

Subject: Automobiles


See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Sports & Leisure, Automobiles, America on the Move, Transportation, Road Transportation

Exhibition: America On The Move

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Marshals Service

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0484.01Accession Number: 1993.0484Catalog Number: 1993.0484.01

Object Name: Automobile

Measurements: overall: 63 in x 81 in x 221 in; 160.02 cm x 205.74 cm x 561.34 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-02d4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_687502

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