May 11, 2019
At the AACA Museum, Inc.
Hershey, PA (March 14, 2019) The mystique surrounding Preston Tucker, the Tucker Corporation and Tucker automobiles is the fascination of many. “Tucker: The 50 Production Cars” will be the second in a series of programs on the Tucker Corporation planned at the AACA Museum, Inc. These are stand-alone programs so if you didn’t attend the first one; you can still participate in subsequent programs.
We’re fortunate to welcome back noted Tucker historians Mark Lieberman and John Tucker, Jr. to present this program. The Tucker Corporation built 51 cars during its short existence. Over that brief production, many running changes, and variations took place. We will discuss their unique characteristics and highlight the evolution of the car. Details of the running changes during production will be shown along with the mechanical and design uniqueness in each if the cars’ variations. Many archival and contemporary photographs along with on-site displays will demonstrate the changes in these unique cars. The presentation will run from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in our Regions & Chapters room followed by a question and answer opportunity from 3:00 – 3:30 PM.
The AACA Museum, Inc. is home to the world’s largest collection of Tucker automobiles and artifacts on permanent exhibit for the public to enjoy. There are three Tucker automobiles as part of the collection – #1001 (the first production Tucker), #1022, and #1026 (the only surviving Tucker with automatic transmission) from the Cammack Collection. There is also a Tucker movie car from the Tucker Automobile Club of America Collection which also resides here at the AACA Museum, Inc. along with hundreds of other artifacts on view. If you love Tucker or just want to learn more about this story, this is the place. Admission to this program includes access to the AACA Museum galleries during the day of the program and year-round if you purchase a Museum Membership.
This program will be FREE to all Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) Members.
Museum Members without the Tucker upgrade will be $5.00 per ticket.
Any AACA Museum Membership can now be upgraded to include Tucker Club benefits to special programs, Tucker Topics Newsletter, and access to the online archives for just $30 per year.
Non-Members will be $17.50 for Adults | $16.50 for Seniors (61 & Older) | $14.50 for Children (4-12) – these prices include AACA Museum, Inc admission for the day in addition to the program.
The program is limited to 50 participants, and advance registration is required to attend. The previous program SOLD OUT, so we strongly encourage you to register quickly.
About the Presenters
Mark Lieberman is the president of Nostalgic Motoring, which deals in classic and collectible automobiles, and he has seven patents to his credit. In 1991, he purchased the first of the five Tucker automobiles he has owned. Through his business, he is actively involved in the restoration and preservation of Tucker automobiles. Mark continues to serve the Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) as their Technical Adviser and Historian, and he also serves on the AACA Museum’s Board of Directors as the Executive Board Representative for TACA.
John Tucker Jr. is the grandson of Preston Tucker. John was only three years old when Preston died, but he has made a mission of learning about him through family and extensive research. He is the past President of the Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) and current TACA Advisory Council Member. John has offered valuable insight and assistance to the AACA Museum during the planning phases for the Cammack Tucker Gallery. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Swigart Museum in Huntington, PA, another Pennsylvania Museum that owns multiple Tucker automobiles.
Background on Tucker & Tucker artifacts at the AACA Museum, Inc.:
In the mid-1940s, Preston Tucker and his Chicago-based Tucker Corporation set out to revolutionize the automobile industry, designing and building 51 examples of an innovative rear-engine sedan that boasted an array of safety features unmatched by other offerings on the post-war American market. Amid negative publicity from the news media and an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company ceased operations in 1949. The heavily publicized fraud trial led to a full acquittal, but not before the collapse of Tucker’s company. The story of Preston Tucker is detailed in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film, “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” which has helped to bolster public awareness and intense fascination with this automobile.
The AACA Museum, Inc., known by many Tucker enthusiasts as the center of the Tucker Universe, displays Tucker experimental engines, mechanicals and other automotive memorabilia in addition to Mr. Cammack’s three Tucker automobiles. Tucker #1001, the first production Tucker is on view along with #1022 Mr. Cammack’s first Tucker and Tucker #1026 the only survivor with automatic transmission. One of the fiberglass reproduction cars used in the movie “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” is also on view from the TACA Collection.
Last year marked the 70th Anniversary of the Tucker automobile, and one of the main activities was a featured class of Tucker automobiles and a program at the legendary Pebble Beach® Concours. Tucker #1026, the only surviving Tucker with automatic transmission along with the Tucker factory test chassis were both part of the celebration. Mark Lieberman worked on Tucker #1026 to get it running before this event, and we believe that he is the only living person who has ever driven an automatic Tucker automobile.
Join us for what is sure to be an exciting and educational program. Following the program, Mark Lieberman and John Tucker, Jr. will be on hand for specific questions. The Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) based at the AACA Museum, Inc. has taken on the challenge of documenting the history of these automobiles and related artifacts to continue to share the legacy of Preston Tucker. More details on all Tucker automobiles can be found at www.TuckerClub.org. We encourage anyone with interest in Tucker to join the club to help us continue this mission.
About the Tucker Automobile Club of America
The Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) began in 1973 and has been the gatekeeper of Preston Tucker’s legacy and was formed to connect owners and enthusiasts. TACA became part of the AACA Museum, Inc. family in December of 2017 with its archives and administration based out of Hershey, PA. Museum members who purchase the Tucker Club upgrade enjoy access to
thousands of artifacts via the online archives. We invite you to become a member and help us keep the legacy of Preston Tucker and the Tucker automobiles alive for future generations.
About the AACA Museum, Inc.
The AACA Museum Inc., a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s –1980s on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. The AACA Museum, Inc. has been and remains an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, not affiliated with The Antique Automobile Club of America. As one of the largest automotive museums in the country, AACA Museum, Inc. features special exhibits that change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles – automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles and more.
The AACA Museum, Inc. is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection; along with being the home of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. The Museum holds the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. We’re proud to have been recently recognized by Road & Track and AutoClassics as one of the top automobile museums in the country. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12.50, seniors age 61 and older $11.50, juniors age 4-12 $9.50, children age 3 and under, AACA Museum, Inc. Members and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The AACA Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.