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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ypsilanti

and the Tucker Phenomenon

 
 
Ypsilanti and the Tucker Phenomenon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
1. Ypsilanti and the Tucker Phenomenon Marker
Inscription.
It was America's "first completely new car in fifty years"
and the vision in 1945 of Preston Tucker, who lived at 110 North Park Street in Ypsilanti. He was the general manager of his family's Ypsilanti Machine & Tool Company at 103 North Grove Street before founding Tucker Corporation. The Tucker '48, his famous creation, had an engine and transmission developed in Ypsilanti.

It was introduced in Chicago with great fanfare and public interest.
Built in Chicago, the car also had many safety innovations — including its trademark center headlight that turned with the steering wheel to light the way around corners.

"The car of tomorrow, here today!" - Tucker Corporation Advertising

You Auto Know
Due to financial and legal problems, only 51 Tuckers were produced.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.738′ N, 83° 36.484′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of North River Street and East Cross Street, on the right when traveling
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
2. Upper left image
Preston Tucker and the rear-engine Tucker '48 prototype, "The Tin Goose." Photo courtesy of the Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc.
north on North River Street. Click for map. The marker is behind the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, facing the railroad tracks. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hudsons & Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barracks / Ypsilanti in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Hudson Dealership (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michigan Central Freighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 220 N. Huron (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Ypsilanti (approx. mile away); Prospect Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Facing the Fire (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tucker 48. Wikipedia article about the Tucker '48. (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Preston Tucker. Wikipedia article about Preston Tucker. (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Tucker History. Web page of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. (Submitted on October 6, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
3. Lower left image
Large crowds typically surrounded the 1948 Tucker when it was shown in cities around the country. Photo courtesy of the Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc.
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
4. Middle image
Preston's dream car. Photo courtesy of the Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc.
To learn more about Preston Tucker and the Tucker '48, please visit www.TuckerClub.org.
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
5. Right image
Tucker employees work on the first of fifty pilot production Tucker '48 automobiles at the Chicago plant. Tucker's Chicago facility was, in its day, the largest factory in the world. Photo courtesy of the Tucker Automobile Club of America, Inc.
Ypsilanti and the Tucker Phenomenon Marker and Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
6. Ypsilanti and the Tucker Phenomenon Marker and Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016.
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