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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Early Days in Depot Town (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ypsilanti Woolen Mill Company (about 500 feet away); The Thompson Building (about 500 feet away); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (about 500 feet away); Michigan Central Railroad Gardens (about 500 feet away); The Real McCoy (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 6, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.