Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
and the Tucker Phenomenon
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 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 Last Hudson Dealership (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michigan Central Freighthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 220 N. Huron (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Ypsilanti (approx. ¼ mile away); Facing the Fire (approx. 0.3 miles away); Michigan's Interurbans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Manufacturing History (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 •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 130 times since then. 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.