“The Stout Scarab was a 1930s U.S automobile produced in small numbers by Stout Engineering Laboratories of Detroit, Michigan. Among a host of novelties and innovations, the Stout Scarab is credited by many as the world’s first production minivan.”
I had a chance to see one of these lately, and it is both astonishing and ADORABLE.
Only 9 of these were ever built–the idea was that it would function as a hotel on wheels. The back seat is about 6 feet wide, and folds down into a bed.
You can see this cute mega-beetle in action here:
Check out the scarab as hood ornament. What a great little tidbit of Michigan History!