Respected today as example of Art Deco design the 1930’s Stout Scarab was the automotive predecessor to the field of aviation. This particular 1936 Stout Scarab was not only deemed Best of its Class at this years Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, but it was also chosen by the attendee’s of this years show to be the Peoples Choice Winner as well. Ofcourse no matter where a Stout Scarab travels heads will turn and eyes and smiles will widen justÂ a bit. This 1936 Stout Scarab owned by Tim Lingerfelt from Davidson, NC is no different. …Look for more photos after the leap.
William B. Stout began his automotive engineering career working for Henry Ford, but left Ford to work on his own creations. Thus the Stout Engineering Laboratories of Detroit, Michigan began and the Stout Scarab was its first design. The Scarab was also the first to break new automotive ground by creating a Unibody design with a rear-mounted Flathead Ford V8 engine. This allowed the floor of the extendedÂ passenger compartment to be flat and unobstructed by driveshaft and transmission clearances. The Scarab was the true predecessor to both todays Mini-Van and the aviation passenger plans to follow it. Later Stout moved on into the field of aviation and began what would later be known as United Air.