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1948 Tucker Sedan

1948 Tucker Sedan

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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.
Object Name
Automobile
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
America on the Move
Automobiles
Transportation
Road Transportation
Sports & Leisure
Exhibition
America On The Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

"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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