Cool 1930’s Concept Car – Stout Scarab
Cool 1930’s Concept Car
Wait..what? A COOL minivan? This is the story of an actually COOL minivan. This Cool 1930’s Concept Car was basically a minivan, but it was awesome. I mean cool in the turtleback car style, and looks just so wildly unique. A 1930s Minivan is pretty unique, so I thought I would cover it today. I would absolutely love to have this!
The Stout Scarab was made from 1930 until the 1940’s in the USA. It was designed by William Bushnell Stout, and made by Stout Engineering. It was later made by Stout Motor Company, based in Detroit. This was an amazing car for its time. This Cool 1930’s Concept Car is one of the most unique cars of its day.
Here is a trivia question to confuse your friends. When was the first minivan in America made? The Stout Scarab is credited by some as the world’s first minivan, as it was truly a minivan type vehicle. Here is another trivia question. Which car was the first car to experiment with a fiberglass body? We all know the Corvette has been all fiberglass since 1953, however the Stout Scarab built an experimental prototype in 1946. This meant it was the World’s first car with a fiberglass body, and air suspension. How cool is that? That is why I call this a Cool 1930’s Concept Car. This car would be awesome today.
A Unique Car
Unlike most cars of the time, the Stout Scarab had a low, flat floor for the interior and a uni-body structure. It was designed to be an office on wheels, essentially. They put a Ford Flathead V8 in the rear, not up front, which was mounted direcly over the rear axle, with the flywheel and clutch facing forwards. This design was later copied by the venerable Lamborghini Countach. The vehicle also touts independent suspensions and 4 wheel coil springs, which is something that was unheard of at that time.
Another innovation for that time was that they used aircraft aluminum in many places, and the entire vehicle weighs under 3,000 pounds. A Flathead V8, aircraft aluminum, fiberglass bodied minivan? Count me in! This really was a cool 1930s minivan! The first actually working prototype was built in 1932. This is still touted as the first car ever built with an aluminum unibody construction. The frame was steel, but everything else structural was either aluminum or fiberglass. These are all considered to be modern features, yet this was 85 years ago!
Problems With Production
There are 5 known to exist today, and they are all in museums. This truly is a cool 1930s concept car, indeed!
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