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Old 10-23-2008, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default Stout Scarab

We've talked about the Airflow and the Dymaxion before, but we've never really touched on the Stout Scarab and all of its wierdness. It all started with a loon...

William B. Stout was an aviator and motor journalist (Motor Age) with a wonder...

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Old 10-23-2008, 09:02 AM   #2
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Weird yes but very ROOMY as in holy shit you could put a sleeper sofa in there and still have room >>>>.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:15 AM   #3
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A guy was driving one around at Back to the 50's a few years ago, got a real close look at it. Very cool.
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Wheels out at the corners, flat floor, flexible seating: add a few dozen cupholders and you've got a minivan. Did this beetle come out before Porsche's?
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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Default Re: Stout Scarab

In this vein, there's also the McQuay Norris promo streamliners built in 1934 to tour the country and promote McQuay Norris parts to dealers. One was for sale in AZ about a dozen years ago.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:39 AM   #6
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DAMN what a car. Really have to give it to some of those guys back in the day who tried to make a run at it. was this the first motorhome LOL. So thats where airstream campers came from.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:47 AM   #7
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Great seats and interior, eh? Gary
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:53 AM   #8
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The logo of this thing always reminded me of the HOK(House of Kolor) Logo. I wondered if this car had anything to do with it. most likely no. kool car, no doubt.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:47 AM   #9
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The Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Maine has one on display. We saw it last Spring and drooled all over it, my wife wanted to bring it home! Pictures don't do the car justice, it's even more amazing in person.




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Old 10-23-2008, 06:15 PM   #10
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The Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Maine has one on display. We saw it last Spring and drooled all over it, my wife wanted to bring it home! Pictures don't do the car justice, it's even more amazing in person.




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Old 10-23-2008, 06:34 PM   #11
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I think the one ProEnfo posted pics of is the one that was at Hershey about 10 years ago. It had a crowd ALL day and the owner was very friendly about questions.
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Interior is way cool and the outside looks like a slug.....but in a good way. The story reminds me of the creation of the Monopoly board game. Necessity is the mother of invention, and kids speed up the process huh?
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they may have only made a few actual cars but Buddy L toys made thousands of pressed steel versions back in the day. all the ones I ever saw in my toy collecting days were red, and I believe they all had a spring loaded motor for them to scoot across the floor. they were going for about 300 bucks in the late 80's. I'll see if I can dig up a picture.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:34 AM   #16
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"While on a cross country trip with this family, William began to ponder the inefficiencies of the automobile when used as a long hauler. We’ve all been there… He was cramped, his ass hurt, his back hurt, he was tired of the kids screaming, and tired of his wife’s toe prints on the front windshield as she “reclined” in the passenger seat. There had to be a better way."

Which is why I have a Suburban....
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:46 AM   #17
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I have had the priveledge in riding in two of the Stout Scarabs. If you think they are neat from the outside, wait until you go cruising in one. At the V8 National Meet in Dearborn many years ago, I went cruising in the "ghettos" of Detroit.. The responses from the people hang'in on the streets was unbelievable.

Stout also produced a folding house trailer. It is made to fold neatly into a "box" and opens up to be a triple-wide. One of these exists and is being restored now.

Stout has a middle school named after him in Dearborn. Appropriately, it is on Oakwood Blvd, just a few blocks south from the place where he built the tri-motors for Ford. At the school, enclosed in a glass case, is the most AMAZING large scale model of a tri-motor that you have ever seen. I believe the model was built by Stout. Some of the buildings that the tri-motors were built in still exist and are used by Ford for research and development. They can be seen from Oakwood Blvd. This is now the facility that is one of Ford's proving grounds but used to be the Ford airport. It is located just across the street from the Dearborn Inn, which, arguably, was the first hotel built to serve an airport.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:48 AM   #18
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That interior does it for me. Great use of color, simplicity and form.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:51 AM   #19
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Great dash.
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