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Encyclopedia > Tucker automobile
1948 Tuckers on display at the Gilmore Car Museum.
A Tucker on display at the Black Hawk Auto Museum.

The Tucker was an American automobile with advanced design features conceived by Preston Tucker, produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 Tucker automobiles were made. The company folded on March 3, 1949 amid allegations of fraud. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 65 KB)Two Tuckers on display (source - car #1047, 2nd photo) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 65 KB)Two Tuckers on display (source - car #1047, 2nd photo) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (3072x2048, 6406 KB)A picture of a Tucker automobile taken at the Black Hawk Auto Museum. ... Download high resolution version (3072x2048, 6406 KB)A picture of a Tucker automobile taken at the Black Hawk Auto Museum. ... A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... Preston Thomas Tucker (September 21, 1903 - December 26, 1956) was an American car designer. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ...


Innovations included a rear-mounted engine, the fastback, independent four-wheel suspension, and several automobile safety features, including a pop-out windshield, a steerable front light to see better while turning, disc brakes, seatbelts, and a padded dashboard. Though never implemented, Tucker planned for the mass-produced car to be powered by an air-cooled engine from Franklin. An engine is something that produces some effect from a given input. ... The H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company was a maker of automobiles in the United States between 1902 and 1934 in Syracuse, New York. ...


It has been described as an automobile ahead of its time, as many of these innovations have been incorporated into modern cars.


The company was the subject of a 1988 movie called Tucker: The Man and his Dream. Tucker: The Man and his Dream is a 1988 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges which tells the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to produce and market the Tucker 48. ...


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External links

  • Henry Ford Museum Tucker Exhibit (http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/showroom/1948/tucker.html)
  • About the Tucker (http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/tucker.htm), with picture
  • www.tuckerclub.org - information about the cars including the location of all extant vehicles

Further Reading

  • Egan, Philip S. (1989). Design and Destiny: The Making of the Tucker Automobile. On the Mark publications. ISBN 0924321008 (paperback).
  • Pearson, Charles T. (1974). The Indomitable Tin Goose: The True Story of Preston Tucker and His Car. Motorbooks International Publishers & Wholesalers, Minneapolis. ISBN 0879380209 (hardcover).

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