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NMAH Receives a Tucker, by Tinsley, Jeff, 1993, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 93-13257-3 or 93-13257.03.

October 8, 1993

The United States Marshals Service donates a very rare 1946 Tucker automobile to the National Museum of American History transportation collection. Number 39 of only 51 such cars produced by the Tucker Corporation before it became embroiled in fraud allegations. The car was designed by Preston Tucker, Alex Tremulis, and a team of stylists and engineers. The car was seized in 1992 by the United States Marshals Service following a narcotics investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.More

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