NMAH Receives a Tucker, by Tinsley, Jeffrey Wayne 1947-2017, 1993, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 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..