Tucker Automobiles: The Cammack Collection

“A man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up. . .”

Preston Tucker
American History Illustrated

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The AACA Museum has completed phase 1 on a most meaningful phase of its development – the renovation of the existing 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery creating an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and automobilia from Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. This permanent, interactive and educational exhibit involves visitors in the compelling story of the development of these historic vehicles and dynamically displays their unique and advanced features. Beyond the cars, we’ve chronicled Preston Tucker’s vision, determination and struggles that are so much a part of the marque’s history.

The Tucker exhibit is a “must see” attraction for hobbyists, historians and the general public from all over the world. The Cammack Tucker Gallery design has been fully endorsed by descendants of Preston Tucker, acting as historic advisors during the build process. “The effort being put forth by the AACA team in the presentation of the Cammack Tucker collection is not only an honor to the Tucker family but also the man who had an amazing passion to preserve the history of the Tucker story” exclaimed Sean Tucker, Preston’s great-grandson.

To continue to develop Phase 2 we need your help and financial support. Please consider a generous tax-deductible donation to this world-class exhibit.

The Tuckers

AACA Museum | Tucker #1001 | Hershey, PA1948 Tucker

Manufacturer: Tucker Motor Company
Chicago, Illinois
Model: ‘48 #1001
Engine: Franklin O-335
Six-cylinder Horizontally
opposed, 334 Cubic inch,
166 hp

This is Tucker #1001, the first car off the prototype production line. It was David Cammack’s second Tucker, purchased in 1973 at the urging of his brother. This car utilizes the Tucker Y-1 transmission, a Tucker-modified Cord 810/812 front-wheel-drive unit.
It also features the rubber torsion tube suspension, which was plagued by severe toe-in during braking. It is painted in its original Tucker maroon 600 color scheme.
After Chassis #1003, the rear fenders were changed to allow wheel removal, while the suspension was converted to a rubber sandwich style arrangement.

Museum Collection: Permanent Loan Courtesy of David Cammack

Adopt A Car Logo Final_110714This vehicle adopted by The Niebauer Children, in honor of John P. Niebauer


Tucker1022_72dpi1948 Tucker

Manufacturer: Tucker Motor Company
Chicago, Illinois
Model: ‘48 #1022
Engine: Franklin O-335
Six-cylinder Horizontally
opposed, 334 Cubic inch,
166 hp

This is Tucker #1022, the first Tucker purchased by the late David Cammack, and the car that started his obsession with the make. This car utilizes the Tucker Y-1 transmission, a Tucker-modified Cord 810/812 unit, and features the improved rubber sandwich suspension design. It is painted in its original Tucker Grey (silver) 500 color scheme.

Museum Collection: Permanent Loan Courtesy of David Cammack

Adopt A Car Logo Final_110714This vehicle adopted by Buck Kamphausen, of Vallejo, CA


IMG_05521948 Tucker

Manufacturer: Tucker Motor Company
Chicago, Illinois
Model: ‘48 #1026
Engine: Franklin O-335
Six-cylinder Horizontally
opposed, 334 Cubic inch,
166 hp

Considered by many the most valuable production Tucker, #1026 is the only remaining complete Tucker with an automatic transmission. This Tuckermatic R-1-2 unit is one of three different versions of the Tuckermatic made, the R-1, R-1-2, and R-3, (R for Warren Rice, its designer). The first version, the R-1, was not installed on any of the final cars. It required the engine to be off in order to select a gear. The R-1-2 was improved by adding a layshaft brake to allow gear selection while the engine was running. This version was installed on cars #1026 and 1042 only. The R-3 version had further improvements including a centrifugal clutch to help shifting between forward and reverse even further, but it was never installed in any of the final cars. Because the two torque converters on the Tuckermatic made the engine/transmission unit longer, the fuel tank in the Tucker ’48 had to be moved from behind the rear seat to in front of the dashboard for all Tuckers from car #1026 forward, even though only two of them actually had the Tuckermatic installed. This had the added advantage of improving weight distribution on the car. On cars #1026-on Tucker finally settled on a suspension design with a modified version of the rubber torsion tube with the toe-in braking problem corrected. Chassis # 1025 and prior used mechanical linkage for the Cyclops eye, while #1026 and beyond used a new cable operated system.

Museum Collection: Permanent Loan Courtesy of David Cammack

Enjoy a video of the gallery courtesy of eClassicAutos.com


Tucker ’48 Models – The perfect Souvenir!

A metal 1:43 scale model of the famous Tucker ’48! Exclusive to the AACA Museum, this one-of-a-kind model was produced by Brooklin Models Limited. Available in three colors that match to match the Cammack Tucker collection automobiles here at the AACA Museum – #1001 Tucker Maroon,#1022 Tucker Grey (Silver) and #1026 bronze.

Models will be available in our retail store and via the retail section of our website!  Cost is $139.99 plus tax and shipping.

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Retail Store – 717-566-7100 ext. 103

Here are some images taken of the models when they were being built in the United Kingdom.

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More on Brooklin Models:
Brooklin Models Limited is currently the world’s leading manufacturer of 1/43 scale hand-built white metal models. The manufacturing process includes the meticulous creation of brass masters, from which vulcanized rubber moulds are made. Body moulds are created by the careful layering of strips of virgin rubber onto the master, encasing it in a steel frame, and vulcanizing at over 300°F. Centrifugal casting machines are used for creating baseplates, headlights, wheels, dashboards, seats and other small parts. Each white metal body, as well as the numerous small parts, is then individually and fastidiously cleaned of flash and other imperfections. Bodies and sub-assemblies are then hand sprayed with automotive quality paints. Final assembly and packaging is also accomplished by hand, one model at a time. The manufacture of models occurs in three week runs, with several hundred pieces of one to three new models with the balance of the schedule used to replace “low stock” models. Overall, approximately 20,000 models are produced in a given year, with the average production run for an individual model over a five year period rarely exceeding 1000.


Overall Exhibit Concept and Floor Plan


Tucker Kitchen and Barn

Through interactive and ever-changing displays, this section chronicles Preston Tucker’s creativity and engineering work to design the Tucker Torpedo and Tucker 48.


Wheel Interactive – Coming in A Future Exhibit Phase

Utilizing both low- and high-tech kiosks and installations, guests will be educated about what Preston Tucker envisioned he would be able to offer the public with the Car of Tomorrow.


Engine and Chassis Platform

The centerpiece of the Cammack Gallery entices guests to marvel at the Tucker’s engine and chassis development.   Visitors can view these from a variety of angles and appreciate the huge differences between the Tucker 48 and a Cadillac chassis of the same era. The Cammack Collection’s Tucker engines narrate the evolution of the unique powerplant.


Tucker Dealership

Created using factory literature, this representation of a functional Tucker dealership invites guests to become part of the vehicle ordering experience. View the promotional films, and secure your place in line to purchase a Tucker 48!


Reveal Carousel

Relive Preston Tucker’s excitement with the grand unveiling of the Tucker 48!

Celebrating the Legacy of Preston Tucker & “The Car of Tomorrow-Today!”

Within the 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery, the AACA Museum has chronicled Preston Tucker’s love affair with the automobile. Known best for the “Car of Tomorrow”- the Tucker 48- Mr. Tucker had a remarkable, sometimes controversial impact on the automotive industry.

Help us continue to develop new features for this exhibit.


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The construction of the Tucker Gallery to house the Cammack Collection has begun.    These images show the building progress as things start to take shape!

Tucker Cammack Collection



image credit Tami Dresher

Mr. David Cammack, an avid Tucker collector, had amassed a rare and extensive collection of Tucker Automobiles.  The Museum is in the process of designing a dedicated gallery space to house the Tuckers that he collected on a permanent basis. Taking a lead from Preston Tucker’s philosophy, the Tucker vehicles and other collection pieces will NOT be on display (or available for viewing) until the time of the Grand Opening. Updates on progress will be ongoing through the Museum’s website, e-newsletter, Facebook and Twitter communications and we hope that you will follow the progress and join us for a spectacular exhibit opening in late 2014.

Enjoy these images from moving day.



image credit Tami Dresher


image credit Barry Huber



image credit Barry Huber

The Tuckers were moved via rollback from the storage unit to an awaiting enclosed transport trailer for their journey from Virginia to Pennsylvania

’48 Tucker Automobile

The enthusiasm and creativity that propelled Preston Tucker and his vision for the Tucker automobile is something that has captured the hearts of many. The world’s largest collection of Tucker vehicles (3) and many other Tucker memorabilia will be finding a new home at the AACA Museum.

The Cammack collection includes three (3) 1948 Tucker ‘48 vehicles, the factory Tucker test chassis #2, thousands of engineering drawings, original Tucker parts, several prototype engines as well as many other artifacts and displays. The vehicles include Tucker #1001 – the first ‘production’ prototype, Tucker #1022, and Tucker #1026 – the only Tucker built with an automatic transmission. A total of 51 Tuckers were built by hand in Chicago, of which 47 are known to still exist. The three Tuckers which will reside at the AACA Museum will be the largest collection of these vehicles on permanent display anywhere. Preston Tucker and his story was detailed in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and certainly helped bolster the public’s intense fascination with the “Car of Tomorrow”.

Smithsonian Magazine published a video on YouTube in the fall of 2009 that allows you to hear about this collection directly from David Cammack.

Tucker Cars Moving to AACA Museum