“A man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up. . .”
American History Illustrated
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 vistors 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.
Tucker ’48 Models – The perfect holiday gift!
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 – Tucker Maroon, Tucker Grey (Silver) and bronze.
Models will be available in mid-late November in our retail store but pre-orders are being accepted now! Cost is $139.99 plus tax and shipping.
Retail Store – 717-566-7100 ext. 103
Photo depicts the Tucker 48 Brass Master not the finished product.
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
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.
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.
Put your or a loved one’s name on a special Tucker 8″ x 8″ commemorative brick
Download the Tucker Campaign Brochure
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 Gallery Construction photos
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.