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    1936 SCARAB


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    Post by westcoastvanner Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:28 pm

    1936 SCARAB

    With the radiator in the back, bet that flat head Ford engine was a little tough to cool.
    Ron Schneider of Milwaukee bought and restored a 1936 Stout Scarab.
    It is believed only a handful were made. Many say that the car was ahead
    of its time and seems to be a minivan prototype. ‘I restored my Scarab to see if the car was as good as [William B. Stout] said it was,’ says Mr. Schneider. ‘And it is.

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    The Scarab out on the road.

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    Ron Schneider of Milwaukee , owner of Leon ’s Frozen Custard, with his 1936 Stout Scarab.
    The car is the brainchild of inventor William B. Stout, who also dreamed up the first all-metal airplane and a folding house.

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    The Scarab’s front end, designed with an apparent mustache in mind. Only nine Scarabs
    were built, historians believe. Mr. Schneider bought this one for $12,000, plus some more
    for another one that he used for parts for his restoration.

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    With its unique styling and forward-thinking ideas, the Scarab was very avant-garde for its day.
    The inventor incorporated the fenders and flushed window glass into the body to make the
    machine streamlined and noiseless as it drove. It also used lightweight materials for better

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    The car was a challenge to the automobile industry to build something different,’ says Mr. Schneider.

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    A look at the driver’s seat. The inventor William Stout lived in the Detroit area and had
    many business dealings with Henry Ford. Thus some parts are Ford-derived.

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    The logo on the Scarab’s steering wheel. The car is named for the scarab beetle.

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    Ron Schneider of Milwaukee, 65, owner of Leon ’s Frozen Custard.

    William B. Stout was a Michigan-based inventor, best remembered for building
    the first all-metal airplane and a portable folding house, one of which I own.
    In the 1930s, he turned his attention to the auto industry with his Stout Scarab,
    of which nine were made.
    His goal: to build a car of the future. It was no bigger than a normal car on the
    outside, with twice the room inside. It had flush window glass and fenders
    incorporated into the body, so it would drive without wind noise. It had a table,
    moving chairs, and three cigar lighters.
    In retrospect, some say Stout built the first minivan. But the car, so radical and
    expensive for its time (about $5,000, which would be about $85,000 today),
    didn’t catch on.
    I paid $12,000 for one, and bought another for parts, then began a two-year
    restoration. Once done, I drove the Scarab across country twice. Along the way,
    I found Bill Stout’s grandson, living in Phoenix . I asked if the car was like what
    he remembered as a boy. He said it was, down to the finger and nose prints
    on the windows, from people wanting to see inside.
    Some thought Stout was a crackpot, at first. But his ideas were more right
    than wrong. I restored my Scarab to see if the car was as good as he said
    it was. And it is.

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    Post by vanny Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:41 pm

    Thank you for posting this! Very Cool!

    “The future will soon be a thing of the past."

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    Post by Twinpilot001 Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:28 pm

    Great!! Thanx-anyone notice that area in front of the flathead engine? That Black area is - sound deadining!1ford used that same stuff inside the doors & trunk areas too. What is it?? -- TAR!! affraid
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    Post by Magic Bus Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:20 pm

    Thanks for posting, great pictures and article. Love it, never seen anything quite like it and never knew such a thing even existed. VERY interesting.
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    Post by Space Truckin Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:17 pm

    Sooo Cool.... study

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