Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tucker Road Trip, Day 1

We're kicking off a new feature in the new Tucker Tribune--the Tucker Road Trip!  Starting in September 2010, twice each month we'll feature a brief article about about a location where you can view a Tucker on public display, with photos and contact information.  We'll be visiting Tuckers in ascending order by serial number.  It may not be the shortest road trip you've ever taken--or the most direct route--but we hope you'll have fun along the way!

The "Tin Goose"
For the first installment in this series, we'll begin with the home of the "Tin Goose", the Swigart Museum in Huntingdon, PA.  In addition to housing the Tucker '48 prototype, the Swigart Museum is also home to Tucker No. 1013.

The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of the American automobile history. Its remarkable collections have existed for more than 85 years, beginning as a private passion of its founder, W. Emmert Swigart.  His son, William E. Swigart, Jr., fell under the spell of these wonderful machines and built up the collection to about 150 cars, of which 30 to 35 are on display at the museum at one time. Some are one-of-a-kind such as the 1936 Duesenberg 12 cylinder Gentlemen’s Speedster, the 1920 Carroll, and the 1916 Scripps-Booth, in addition to the "Tin Goose" and Tucker No. 1013.

Tucker No. 1013
Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October, the Swigart Museum is located at 12031 William Penn Hwy., Huntingdon, PA 16652.  Located in beautiful central Pennsylvania, "America's Oldest Automobile Museum" is not far from Altoona, and roughly half-way between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.  Check out the Swigart Museum website for more information.


(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credits: TACA website)


  1. In addition to housing a fantastic array of automobiles and other collectibles, the Swigart is such a warm & friendly place to visit. Mrs. Swigart as well as the museum guides are genuinely enthusiastic about the collection, and their willingness to share their knowledge makes for an awesome experience.

    The ride from the NYC area is a bit long, but the scenery in the summer months is pleasant and there are some interesting places to stop along the way.