The Tucker 48, named after its model year, was conceived by Preston Tucker, and produced in Chicago. Only 51 Tucker 48's were ever produced making it a very desirable automobile for collectors worldwide. The most recognizable feature of the Tucker '48 is the third directional headlight known as the cyclops eye. It is activated by steering angles greater than 10 degrees to light the the cars path around corners.
Our "Tin Goose" Tucker
Washington, D.C. (October 28, 2014) – The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today the 1947 Tucker Prototype, known as the Tin Goose, will be the fifth automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Heritage Documentation. The documentation will be part of the HVA's National Historic Vehicle Register and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) that is permanently archived in the Library of Congress.
The 1947 Tucker Prototype was the first automobile produced by the Tucker Corporation in the spring of 1947 and was a prototype for the Tucker '48 production cars. The Tin Goose was hand-built and incorporated many innovative design, technology and safety features not previously available in American production automobiles. The prototype was used for promotional purposes across America.
The 1947 Tucker Prototype is among the historically significant automobiles in America. Its historic significance is based on its association with important events in automotive and American history; its association with a significant person constructed and as a prototype for the additional 50 Tucker automobiles eventually built.
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Patricia B. Swigart, President of the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum, commented, "We are very honored to have our 1947 Tucker, known as the Tin Goose, receive this important recognition and are proud to have this prestigious car part of our collection. Our Museum's mission is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and celebration of transportation in order for future generations to know the dedicated work of those going before us. The HVA and Department of the Interior have joined together to ensure these outstanding works of art are forever recognized in the history of the automobile." Marjorie Cutright, Executive Director accompanied Mrs. Swigart to the Summit for the presentation.
The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, PA is the oldest automobile museum in America. The collection was started in 1920 by W. Emmert Swigart, and at his death continued by his son, William E., Jr. After William passed away in 2000, the collection has continued under the leadership of a board of directors. There are approximately 160 cars in the collection, which, in addition to the Tin Goose, also includes Tucker #1013 and many other one-of-a-kind cars.