One of the first things you see when you walk up the grand staircase at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is the front end of a lustrous red 1948 Tucker automobile. The museum currently has the 1948 Tucker on display courtesy of John W. Schuler from Aurora, Indiana. The Tucker was deemed “The Car of Tomorrow” and was the vision of Preston Henry Tucker. The futuristic body design was styled by the former Auburn Automobile Company designer Alex Tremulis.
When the company stopped production in 1948, the Tucker was only partially finished and had to be produced using remaining left over parts in the factory. Only 51 Tuckers were built but this particular model is considered number 52. It has a 6-cylinder rear-mounted engine and a Cord Transmission. It weighs in at 4,235 pounds with a horsepower of 166.
Interestingly, the Tucker was also the subject for the 1988 film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”, which was based on the real trials and tribulations of Preston Tucker’s production and marketing of the car.
The 1948 Tucker may be a car of the past but when you see this beauty in person you will understand why this car was considered one of the most advanced post-war automobiles of its time.
Stop by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum to see this 1948 Tucker which will be on display until April 15, 2017.