Swigart Museum

Swigart Museum This is the oldest Antique Automobile Museum in the country and the only Museum with two Tuckers on display.

The William E. Swigart, Jr. Antique Automobile Museum, located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of American automobile history. The collections began as a private passion of founder W. Emmert Swigart in about 1920. The current museum opened in 1957. The museum's collection contain about 150 cars, of which 30 to 35 are on display at the museum at one time. One-of-a-kind automobiles include a 1936 Duesenberg 12 cylinder Gentlemen's Speedster, a 1920 Carroll, and a 1916 Scripps-Booth. The Swigart Museum is the only automobile museum in the country where visitors can see two Tuckers side-by-side, the 1947 "Tin Goose" Prototype and #1013. Along with automobiles, the museum's other collections including automotive artwork, bicycles, antique toys, vintage clothing, spittoons, license plates, radiator caps, automobile lights and horns, automobilia and other related items. The museum is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October, and hosts many car-related events. The museum is a member of the National Association of Automobile Museums and the American Association of Museums.

Beautiful day for the Raystown Krusiers weekly Kars and Koffee Car Show here at the Swigart Museum! 8am to 11am.
06/29/2019

Beautiful day for the Raystown Krusiers weekly Kars and Koffee Car Show here at the Swigart Museum! 8am to 11am.

On this day in history 71 years ago today the Tin Goose was first debuted on June 19, 1947 to an assembly of approximate...
06/19/2019

On this day in history 71 years ago today the Tin Goose was first debuted on June 19, 1947 to an assembly of approximately 3,000 spectators that included media, shareholders, and dealers, Tucker family members, employees and friends. The unveiling was held at the six million square foot WWII surplus plant in Chicago, Illinois that the company had leased from the U.S. War Assets Administration for the production of Tucker automobiles. The Tin Goose received an enthusiastic reception from the crowd.

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06/16/2019

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Happy Father's Day from Swigart Museum. Take advantage of our Father's Day special. Bring your dad to Swigart Museum on Father's Day and he gets in for free with another paid admission to the museum.

Good morning! It's a beautiful day for the Raystown Krusiers weekly Kars and Koffee Car Show here at the Swigart Museum....
06/15/2019

Good morning! It's a beautiful day for the Raystown Krusiers weekly Kars and Koffee Car Show here at the Swigart Museum. The Krusiers are here every Saturday morning 8am to 11am from May to October, unless it's raining.
The museum opens at 9am and is open until 5pm so we invite you to come check out our cars on display.
See you down to road!

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The 50th Annual AACA Swigart Museum Meet - Regional Car Show

Happy Father's Day from Swigart Museum. Take advantage of our Father's Day special. Bring your dad to Swigart Museum on ...
06/15/2019

Happy Father's Day from Swigart Museum. Take advantage of our Father's Day special. Bring your dad to Swigart Museum on Father's Day and he gets in for free with another paid admission to the museum.

Pat Swigart receiving the Olympus award at the Elegance at Hershey. Description of award....This achievement award is gi...
06/09/2019

Pat Swigart receiving the Olympus award at the Elegance at Hershey. Description of award....

This achievement award is given by The Elegance to a collector who has shown a lifetime dedication to the spirit of sharing magnificent automobiles with automotive enthusiasts around the world. It’s awarded in honor of The Elegance founder, John W. Rich, Sr.

03/04/2019

Swigart Museum is heading to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida for the Amelia Island 2019 Concours d' Elegance with their 1908 International Model 1E.

Thursday March 7, 2019 through Sunday March 10, 2019 with Judging and awards presented on Sunday 11:45 AM to 4:00 PM.

If you're planning to attend the event or you'll be in the Northeast Florida area be sure to stop and see our unrestored 1908 International featuring tall wheels fitted with durable solid rubber tires.

10/17/2018
Today October 1st on American Pickers they aired an episode about the American Bantam Roadster. Season 9 episode 4, whic...
10/02/2018

Today October 1st on American Pickers they aired an episode about the American Bantam Roadster. Season 9 episode 4, which first aired June 17, 2013, titled Pinch Picker. They talked about how rare they are today. The American Bantam Roadster Series 60 which was produced in 1938, with only 512 of that model being made. That is rare.
It has a 75” wheelbase (16” shorter than the original VW Beetle) 15” wheels, and fenders shaped similar to the Duesenberg and Auburn speedsters..
We have a 1938 American Bantam 60 series Roadster on display at the Swigart Museum in great condition. Stop in a see it before we close for the season.

09/11/2018

The Swigart Museum is closed today Sept. 11th due to area flooding. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will re-open tomorrow Wednesday Sept. 12th at 10 AM.

09/03/2018
08/31/2018
Our “Tin Goose” Tucker is entered for exhibition and will be eligible for special consideration this year at the Peb...
08/22/2018
Penn College restoration students skillfully leave mark on automotive history | Penn State University

Our “Tin Goose” Tucker is entered for exhibition and will be eligible for special consideration this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. There will a live stream of the event available for those who want to follow the action at https://www.motortrend.com/auto-shows/pebble-beach/.

Faculty and students from Pennsylvania College of Technology's automotive restoration major are traveling with one of America's most historically significant vehicles on a “dream come true” journey to the Super Bowl of car shows: the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. Th...

08/01/2018

Come join us for The 49th Swigart Museum Meet on August 11th. See you down the road.

Sorry for the late post. These are a few pics Betty grabbed while the freedom rally was in town.
06/20/2018

Sorry for the late post. These are a few pics Betty grabbed while the freedom rally was in town.

Thank you so much to the Freedom Road Rally for using us as another stock on your tour this year, it was a pleasure to h...
06/06/2018

Thank you so much to the Freedom Road Rally for using us as another stock on your tour this year, it was a pleasure to have you as our guests.

05/04/2018

Its that time of year again, time to get the cars cleaned up nice and shiny waiting for our doors opening the end of the month. Who has missed the cars? I know I have!

03/09/2018

The winter elves are putting the museum together for another wonderful season, are you ready?

11/13/2017

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE WILLIAM E. SWIGART, JR. AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

The Swigart Museum began in 1920. W. Emmert Swigart had the foresight to collect cars and memorabilia so that future generations could learn from these automobiles. His son, William E. Swigart, Jr., continued collecting cars and “Automobiliana” until his death in July, 2000. Now the Board of Trustees of this great museum is carrying on the tradition that W. Emmert started. BUT, since the year 2000 we are a 501©(3) non-profit organization, and we depend on public support to be able to keep our doors open and accomplish our goals. Each year we become involved in more activities outside the museum (for example, The Elegance in Hershey). This helps to spread the word and tell the public what we are all about.

So, the reason for this letter is to ask you for your financial support again this year. We have three areas of our operation that need your help.

1) The General Fund. This is probably the most important as this money is used for general operating expenses, car insurance and maintenance.
2) The Trailer Fund. Yes, we are still trying to reach our goal. Many people helped us last year and we are hoping to reach our goal by the end of this year.
3) The Legacy Fund. This money is used for major repairs on the vehicles.

I hope you will consider helping us with this fund-raising event this year. We feel we are doing important work and would like to be able to continue to do so. A self-addressed envelope is enclosed for your convenience. You can also contribute by using your credit card. Just fill in the form below and mail it back to us.

I want to thank you, in advance, for your donation and hope you will take the time to visit the museum to see what we have to offer.

Sincerely,

Marjorie E. Cutright,
Executive Director
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My check is for $____ payable to “The William E. Swigart, Jr. Auto Museum”
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The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum is a non-profit 501 © (3) organization. All gifts to the museum are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of the Museum may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. A copy of the organization’s form 990, Return of Organization exempt from Income Tax, is available for public inspection.



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Newsletter – 21 Sep 03:24 PM
10/19/2017
Newsletter – 21 Sep 03:24 PM

Newsletter – 21 Sep 03:24 PM

The 48th Swigart Museum Meet, sponsored by the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum and the Allegheny Mountain Region, AACA was held on the weeke...

The swigart museum family is saddened by this loss. Ron worked at the Swigart Museum for many years.  He worked closely ...
10/19/2017
Ronald L. Smith

The swigart museum family is saddened by this loss. Ron worked at the Swigart Museum for many years. He worked closely with William so he knew all the car stories first hand. The Swigart Museum sends prayers and thoughts to the family for their loss and want them to know he is missed very much.

Ronald L. Smith, 70, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Mount Union, PA, passed away on October 15, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in DuBois, PA, he

You can now make a donation to the museum when you shop on Amazon. Remember us the next time you wanna make us smile wit...
10/18/2017
Support The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum by shopping at AmazonSmile.

You can now make a donation to the museum when you shop on Amazon. Remember us the next time you wanna make us smile with a small donation. Lots of small things can lead to great change. Thanks in advance for all the love and support you all constantly show the museum.

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10/18/2017

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09/21/2017
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Did you know? The jeep was invented right here in Pennsylvania! Bantam delivered the first prototype to the Army in September 1940. #OTDinPA

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08/30/2017

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live

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08/26/2017

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Our car show is Saturday Aug 12th. Dont forget to bring your antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
08/10/2017

Our car show is Saturday Aug 12th. Dont forget to bring your antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Did you hear the news?The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum was awarded the THIS CAR MATTERS trophy sponsored by...
07/18/2017

Did you hear the news?

The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum was awarded the THIS CAR MATTERS trophy sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Association at The Elegance of Hershey event held in June 2017 at the Hotel Hershey.

The 1908 Studebaker Electric To and Fro Carry All vehicle in the Swigart Museum collection is the focus of the award. This Studebaker is one of two electric vehicles that were ordered to be used in Washington, D.C. to run in a tunnel between the Capitol and the government buildings.

The Studebakers were named Tommy and Peg by the congressmen. The one residing in the Swigart Museum is Tommy. Peg is in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana and has just recently been restored. The cars were built for 12 people to ride on them. The driver sat in the middle of the car with seats facing in both directions, one facing forward and one in reverse, both equipped with tiller steering. These vehicles cost the government $2,944.00 about double the price of an average 1908 Studebaker. They remained in service until 1916 when faster and more spacious electric monorail-type vehicles replaced them.

William Swigart purchased Tommy around 1950 and had it restored. The students from the Pennsylvania College of Technology took this vehicle and the Restoration Department classes got it running. At the Elegance of Hershey, it was driven around the hotel and past the reviewing stand where it was presented with the beautiful crystal and onyx trophy that now is displayed on the car in the Swigart Museum.

Written by Pat Swigart, William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum

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Did you hear the news?

The William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum was awarded the THIS CAR MATTERS trophy sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Association at The Elegance of Hershey event held in June 2017 at the Hotel Hershey.

The 1908 Studebaker Electric To and Fro Carry All vehicle in the Swigart Museum collection is the focus of the award. This Studebaker is one of two electric vehicles that were ordered to be used in Washington, D.C. to run in a tunnel between the Capitol and the government buildings.

The Studebakers were named Tommy and Peg by the congressmen. The one residing in the Swigart Museum is Tommy. Peg is in the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana and has just recently been restored. The cars were built for 12 people to ride on them. The driver sat in the middle of the car with seats facing in both directions, one facing forward and one in reverse, both equipped with tiller steering. These vehicles cost the government $2,944.00 about double the price of an average 1908 Studebaker. They remained in service until 1916 when faster and more spacious electric monorail-type vehicles replaced them.

William Swigart purchased Tommy around 1950 and had it restored. The students from the Pennsylvania College of Technology took this vehicle and the Restoration Department classes got it running. At the Elegance of Hershey, it was driven around the hotel and past the reviewing stand where it was presented with the beautiful crystal and onyx trophy that now is displayed on the car in the Swigart Museum.

Written by Pat Swigart, William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum

#Raystown #PATravelHappy #SwigartMuseum

07/04/2017

Our adopt a car program is a wonderful way to help contribute to the automobile history and keep the museum going. For $100 donation we will put your name on any car of your choice. You are welcome to visit your car anytime for a year. Every donation helps. For more info contact us or check out the website.

07/03/2017
Historic Vehicle Association

Historic Vehicle Association

On this date in 1947, Preston Tucker debuted his revolutionary new automobile:

Preston Tucker officially founded the Tucker Corporation on July 8, 1946 to build “The first completely new car in 50 years.” The 1947 Tucker ’48 Prototype (Tin Goose) was constructed in the spring of 1947. It was the first automobile produced by the Tucker Corporation and was a prototype for the Tucker ‘48 production cars. The Tucker ’48 automobiles were built with a number of innovations including: an aerodynamic fastback body style, sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension to improve handling, a powerful engine to enable high-speed travel and numerous features for passenger safety. The Tin Goose was hand-built and incorporated many of the features promoted by the Tucker Corporation. It was constructed with parts from a 1942 Oldsmobile and featured a perimeter-type frame, four-wheel independent suspension, rear-engine layout and disc brakes. The aerodynamic body style is based on George Lawson’s initial design from 1946 that was subsequently modified and reworked by Alex Tremulis. It also incorporated additional features, like the front bumper, designed by J. Gordon Lippincott & Company. Beginning in April 1947, a team led by Herman Ringling crafted a body based off of the work by the many stylists contracted and employed by Tucker. The body was hand fabricated from steel panels and refined with lead body solder. The interior of the Tin Goose incorporated many safety features. These included a padded and minimalist dashboard known as the “crash-pad,” a safety compartment meant for passengers to climb into upon the threat of an impending crash, and an absence of potentially dangerous pointed trim pieces. Other safety related features were the “Cyclops eye,” a center–mounted headlight that turned with the direction of the front wheels, a pop-out windshield and tempered glass windows. The original engine was a Tucker 589 CID horizontally opposed six-cylinder transmitting power through a pair of fluid couplings on each side of the transverse mounted engine, which matched initial specifications.

The Tin Goose was first debuted on June 19, 1947 to an assembly of approximately 3,000 spectators that included media, shareholders, and dealers, Tucker family members, employees and friends. The unveiling was held at the six million square foot WWII surplus plant in Chicago, Illinois that the company had leased from the U.S. War Assets Administration for the production of Tucker automobiles. The Tin Goose received an enthusiastic reception from the crowd despite numerous mechanical difficulties during its debut. The Tin Goose was used for promotional purposes across America and as the first test car for the company. Modifications and updates that were made included the replacement of the Tucker A-589 engine and fluid coupling transmissions with the 335 CID engine produced by Air-cooled Motors, Inc. and a Cord transaxle. With the construction of their first car, the Tucker Corporation faced scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the media. The Tin Goose became the center of this controversy. The SEC investigated the discrepancies between the actual specifications of the Tin Goose and what was disclosed in the stock prospectus and other Tucker Corporation promotional materials. While the SEC’s internal report was not complementary of the Tucker Corporation, the company’s $20,000,000 initial public stock offering was approved on July 7, 1947. The offering raised $17,000,000. A further $7,500,000 was raised through the sale of dealerships and Tucker accessories, including luggage, radios, and seat covers, that assured Tucker buyers of priority when the Tucker ’48 became available. By early 1949, the Tucker Corporation had raised more than $26,000,000. On March 3, 1949, when Federal Bankruptcy trustees took control of the company, it had $219,193 remaining. Six months later, an independent engineering study ordered by the trustees estimated that a further $71 million would be required to reorganize the debtor corporation for manufacture, assembly and sale of the Tucker automobile.

In early 1949, the activities of the Tucker Corporation were the subject of a grand jury investigation brought by the U.S. District Attorney, Otto Keller. Although eventually acquitted on all counts of business fraud, the company was a financial failure and only fifty-one Tucker automobiles were ever built. The Tin Goose was sold along with other assets of the company at auction in October 1950. It is believed that Lester Schaefer (Steelton, PA) purchased the Tin Goose at the 1950 auction. Schaefer owned it until he sold it to John Lemmo (Peninsula, OH) in 1972. Mr. Lemmo had the car restored to its present condition by Arthur Ulatowski (Mantua, OH) in 1984 and exhibited it at a number of car shows and events. Mr. Lemmo sold it at an Auburn, Indiana Kruse International classic car auction in 1998. The car was purchased by Mr. William E. Swigart, Jr. and is displayed at the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, the oldest automobile museum in America.

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12031 William Penn Hwy
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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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