Stout Scarab

Developed by William B. Stout, a car and aviation engineer the Stout Scarab was envisioned to be an ‘office-on-wheels’. Designed without running boards and using a 135 inch wheelbase the car had the most spacious interior available to any American car at the time. Additional interior space was gained by placing the engine behind the rear axle and moving the driver so far forward that the steering wheel was almost directly above the front wheels.  Egyptian scarabs were prominent throughout the car and the use of thin curved chrome gave the car an Art Deco look.

Although Stout was hoping to make 100 Scarabs a year only 10 models were ever produced. Each Scarab was hand built and unique as modifications were made with each build. The first prototype Scarab was completed in 1932, but after that only 9 more were made. The $5,000 price tag made it prohibitive for almost any prospective buyer.  It is believed that five Scarabs survive today.

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10 Responses to “Stout Scarab”

  1. Michael says:

    This car is so cool looking. This shape is a little awkward, but the chrome and the interior give it added character. I can’t help but wonder what this car is worth, considering the fact that there were only 10 made, and 5 thought to have survived.

  2. Wow that is one of the most unusual cars I’ve ever seen. Looks like a 1950’s diner on wheels. I wonder too what one of those would go for these days.

  3. I obtained through an estate sale a 5 1/2 inch chrome Stout Scarab monted on a green marble trophy slab. Any idea as to the history on such a piece?

  4. Mike says:

    This car is AMAZING. Can you tell me where I can see one in person? Thanks

  5. Trace says:

    Thats a cool car, that got good fuel milage too. it has all the room you need.

  6. Chase says:

    William B. Stout is a relative of mine, in fact my grandfather has the letter he wrote telling the family he could not come home for Christmas because they were building a new car at Ford. Its a shame they never made more of these because the cars are truly one of a kind, the design takes some getting used to but the amount of time that went into making these was amazing.

  7. stephen wirtz says:

    I have an original photo from c.1935 of a Scarab-ferrotype and white out for repro.

  8. Vienaturis says:

    This is the first minivan, too cool:)

  9. Rich Dutter says:

    I was looking through a February 1935 issue of Motor I found in a barn, when I came across an article about this vehicle – so I did a search and wound up here. Super cool vehicle! Wouldn’t it be wild to find number 6 packed away and forgotten in a barn one day?

  10. Julius says:

    It would be a neat car to make a model of, do plans still exist?

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