William B. Stout's Revolutionary Masterpiece and the World's First Minivan: The Stout Scarab
If you're deeply interested in minivans then you probably have heard the name "The Stout Scarab". Technically a streamlined, monoform six-passenger sedan minivan, The Stout Scarab was born in the early 1930's when William Bushnell Stout, the head of Stout Engineering Laboratories in Dearborn, Michigan, came up with the idea of creating rear-engine/rear-wheel drive. Known as the Father of Aviation and the creator of world-famous Ford Tri-Motor airplane,
Stout was also an aircraft pioneer and had brilliantly creative ideas for aerodynamics. This is probably why the Stout Scarab is an aerodynamic masterpiece equipped with rear-engine layout, concealed running boards and modular seating. When it was introduced to the market, there was nothing on the roads that looks alike. It has a unit construction body made of aluminum and is powered by the renowned Ford flathead V8 engine that can produce up to 90 horsepower. It has a 135-inch wheelbase, 4-wheel independent coil spring suspension. Not only the exterior and much of its technical design are revolutionary, but also the interior packaging is truly impressive. Scarab's interior is as excellent as its body, featuring understated wood trim along with a well varnished wicker headliner and high-quality leather seats. Only the driver's seat is fixed, the other seats can be positioned as desired. Built in very limited numbers, Scarabs only has nine examples all over the planet. Such rarity was partly due to their prices starting at $5,000, which was a steep price for the period after the Great Depression. The Stout Scarab is believed to be the world's first production minivan and this is among the things what makes this spectacular vehicle special.
In today's video, we're checking out a cool guy showing us The Stout Scarab while also telling us about its details. Watch the video with
attention and enjoy!
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