NMAH Receives a Tucker

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This rare 1948 Tucker automobile was acquired by the National Museum of American History for its transportation collection. The car was designed by Preston Tucker, Alex Tremulis, and a team of stylists and engineers. It is one of only 51 such cars produced by Tucker Corporation before Preston Tucker became embroiled in fraud allegations. The car was seized in 1992 as the result of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into an illegal narcotics manufacturing operation. It was presented to the Museum in a brief ceremony on October 8, 1993 by the U.S. Marshals Service.


  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • United States Marshals Service


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in Torch, December 1993

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: December 1993

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Transpiration
  • Tucker automobile
  • Transportation
  • Transportation collection
  • Automobiles
  • Objects


  • Photographic print
  • Object

ID Number

93-13257-3 or 93-13257.03

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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