Stout Scarab Bug


The man behind the Stout Scarab Bug was William Bushnell Stout, a tinkerer and inventer in the 1920s and 1930s. Stout was an incredible engineer and designer way ahead of his time. He invented everything from airplanes to automobiles.

The Stout Scarab is a 1930s and 1940s American minivan and was manufactured by Stout Engineering Laboratories and later by the Stout Motor Car Company of Detroit, MI. The first running prototype of the Stout Scarab Bug was completed in 1932 and the second Stout Scarab was completed in 1935. This awesome American automobile shown below was built in 1936. Note the Scarab bug on the hood and red Scarab logo on bumper, hubcaps and steering wheel.

1936 Stout Scarab Bug
1936 Stout Scarab Bug

Stout designed the Stout Scarab Bug without a front mounted engine by placing the Ford V-8 engine in the rear creating a flat floor inside the passenger compartment. The design of the Stout Scarb body was by John Tjaarda and followed the construction of an aluminum aircraft fuselage. In the 1930s the Stout sold for $5,000. Only about nine Stout Scarab Bug were made.

1936 Stout Scarab Bug
1936 Stout Scarab Bug

The Stout Scarab was a two door six passenger rear wheel drive sedan. It had a Ford flat head V-8 and a 3 speed manual transmission. The wheel base was 137 inches. Acceleration was 0-60 miles per hour in 15 seconds and had a top speed of 80 miles per hour.

1936 Stout Scarab Bug
1936 Stout Scarab Bug

The word Scarab may refer to the Scarab beetle or the dung beetle species worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Scarabs were popular amulets (used to protect the owner from danger) and impression seals (used to authenticate legal documents) also used in Ancient Egypt.

1936 Stout Scarab Bug
1936 Stout Scarab Bug

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Saginaw – Lehr Motor Co. Saginaw, MI
St. John – S. H. St John & Son Canon City, CO 1903
St. Louis – St Louis Motor Carriage Co. St Louis, MO 1898-1906
St Louis – St Louis Motor Car Co. Peoria, IL 1906-1907
Salter – Salter Motor Co. Kansas City, MO – 1909-1912
Sampson – Alden Sampson Mfg. Co. Pittsfield, MA 1912
Samson – Samson Tractor Co. Janesville, WI 1922
S & M – S & M Motors Co. Detroit, MI 1913-1914
S & M Simplex – Smith & Mabley Mfg. Co. New York, NY 1904-1907
S. & S. – Sayers & Scovill Co. Cincinnati, OH
Sandusky – Sandusky Automobile Co. Sandusky, OH 1902-1903
Santos Dumont – Columbus Motor Vehicle Co. Columbus, OH 1902-1904
Saviano Scat – Saviano Vehicles Inc. Warren, MI 1960
Saxon – Saxon Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI; Ypsilanti, MI 1913-1923
Sayers – Sayers & Scovill Co. Cincinnati, OH 1917-1924
Scarab – Stout Engineering Co. Detroit, MI 1934-1939
Schacht – Schacht Mfg Co. Cincinnati, OH 1905-1909
Schacht – Schacht Motor Car Co. Cincinnati, OH 1909-1913
Schaum – Schaum Automobile Co. Baltimore, MD 1901
Schlosser – 1912-1913
Schnader – Milton H. Schnader Reading, PA 1907
Schram – Schram Motor Car Co. Seattle, WA 1913
Scioto – (See Arbenez)
Scootmobile – (See Martin)
Scoot-Mobile – The Norman Anderson Co. Corunna, MI 1946
Scott-Newcomb – (See Standard)
Scripps-Booth – The Scripps-Booth Co. Detroit, MI 1913-1922
Seagrave – Seagrave Fire Apparatus Co. Columbus, OH 1960
Searchmont – Searchmont Motor Co. Philadelphia, PA 1900-1902
Searchmont – Fournier-Searchmont Co. Chester, PA 1902-1903
Searchmont – Searchmont Automobile Philadelphia, PA 1903-1904
Sears – Sears Motor Car Works Chicago, IL 1906-1911
Sebring – Sebring Motor Car Co. Sebring, OH 1910
Sebring – Sebring Automobile Co. Sebring, OH 1911
Sekine – I. Sekine & Co. New York, NY 1923
Selden – Selden Motor Vehicle Co. Rochester, NY 1906-1914
Sellers – Sellers Motor Car Co. Hutchinson, KS 1909-1912
Senator – Victor Auto Co. Ridgeville, IN 1906-1910
Seneca – Seneca Motor Car Co. Fostoria, OH 1917-1910
Serpentina – Claudius Mezzacasa New York, NY 1915
Servitor – Barnes Mfg. Co. Sandusky, OH 1907
Severin – Severin Motor Car Co. Kansas City, MO 1920-1922
S. G. V. – Acme Motor Car Co. Reading, PA 1911-1912
S. G. V. – S. G. V. Co. Reading, PA 1913-1915
Shad-Wyck – Shadburne Brothers Chicago, IL; Frankfort, IN 1917-1923
Sharp-Arrow – Sharp-Arrow Automobile Co. Trenton, NJ 1908-1910
Shaw – Waldron W. Shaw Livery Co. Chicago, IL 1920-1921
Shaw – Shaw Mfg. Co. Galesburg, KS 1924-1930
Shawmut – Shawmut Motor Co. Stoneham, MA 1905-1909
Shelby – Shelby Motor Car Co. Shelby, OH 1902-1903
Shelby – Shelby-American Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA 1962
Shelby – Shelby-American Inc. Venice, CA 1962-1967
Shelby – Shelby Automotive Ionia, MI 1967-1968
Shelby – Ford Motor Co. Detroit, MI 1968-1970
Sheridan – Sheridan Motor Car Co. Muncie, IN 1920-1921
Shoemaker – Shoemaker Automobile Co. Freeport, IL 1907-1909
Sibley – Sibley Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1910-1911
Silent Knight – Knight & Kilbourne Co. Chicago, IL 1906-1909
Silent Sioux- Silent Sioux Automobile Manufacturing Co. Sioux Falls, SD 1908
Silent Sioux – Silent Sioux Automobile Manufacturing Co. Waukesha, WI 1909
Silent Sioux – Silent Sioux Auto Mfg. Co. Milwaukee, WI 1910-1912
Simms – Simms Motor Car Corp. Atlanta, GA 1920-1921
Simplex – Simplex Automobile Co. Inc. New Brunswick, NJ 1907-1917
Simplicities – Simplicities Automobile Co. Middletown, CT 1905
Simplicity – Evansville Automobile Co. Evansville, IN 1906-1911
Simplo – Cook Motor Vehicle Co. St Louis, MO 1908-1909
Singer – singer Motor Co. Inc. Mount Vernon, NY 1915-1920
Single-Center – Single-Center Buggy Co. Evansville, IN 1906-1908
S. J. R. – S. J. R. Motor Co. Boston, MA 1915-1916
Skelton – Skelton Motor Car Co. St Louis, MO 1920-1922
Skyline – The Skyline Inc. Jamaica, NY 1953
Smith – Smith Automobile Co. Topeka, KS 1805-1906
Snyder – D. D. Snyder & Co. Danville, IL 1906-1908
Sommer – Sommer Motor Co. Detroit, MI 1905-1907
South Bend – South Bend Motor Car Works South Bend, IN 1914
Southern – Southern Automobile Mfg. Co. Jacksonville, FL 1906
Southern – Southern Motor Works Jackson, TN 1909
Southern – Southern Automobile Manufacturing Co. Memphis, TN 1921-1922
Sovereign – Matthews Motor Co. Camden, NJ 1906-1907
Spacke – (see Brook-Spacke)
Spartan – C. W. Kelsey Mfg Co. Hartford, CT 1911
Spaulding – Spaulding Motor & Auto Co. Buffalo, NY 1902-1903
Spaulding – Spaulding Mfg Co. Grinnell, IA 1910-1916
Speedway – Gas Engine & Power Co. Morris Heights, NY 1904-1905
Speedwell – Speedwell Motor Car Co. Dayton, OH 1907-1914
Spencer – Research Engineering Co. Dayton, OH 1921-1922
Spenny – Spenny Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL 1914-1915
Sperling – Associated Motors Corp. Elkhart, IN 1921-1923
Sperry – (see Cleveland)
Sphinx – Sphinx Motor Car Co. York, PA 1914-1915
Spoerer – Carl Spoerer’s Sons Co. Baltimore, MD 1907-1914
Springer – John H. Springer New York, NY 1904
Springer – Springer Motor Vehicle Co. New York, NY 1904-1906
Springfield – Springfield Automobile Co. Springfield, OH 1904
Springfield – Med-Bow Automobile Co. Springfield, MA 1907
Springfield – Springfield Motor Car Co. Springfield, IL 1908-1911
S. S. E. – S. S. E. Co. Philadelphia, PA 1916-1917
Stafford – Stafford Motor Car Co. Topeka, KS & Kansas City, MO 1908-1915
Standard (Standard Tourist) – Standard Motor Construction, Jersey City, NJ 1903-1907
Standard-Six – St Louis Car Co. St Louis, MO 1909-1910
Standard – Standard Gas Electric Power Co. Philadelphia, PA 1910
Standard – Standard Steel Car Co. Butler, PA 1912-1923
Standard – Standard Auto Vehicle Co. Butler, PA 1923
Standish – Luxor Cab Mfg Co. Framingham, MA 1924-1925
Stanley – Troy Automobile & Buggy Co. Troy, OH 1908-1910
Stanley-Whitney – (see Whitney)
Stanwood – Stanwood Motor Car Co. St. Louis, MO 1920-1922
Star – Star Automobile Co. Cleveland, OH 1903-1904
Star – H. S. Moore Cleveland, OH 1903-1904
Star – Model Automobile Co. Peru, IN 1908
Star – Durant Motor Co. Of New Jersey, Elizabeth, NJ; Lansing, MI; Oakland, CA 1922-1928
Starin – The Starin Co. North Tonawanda, NY 1903-1904
States – States Cyclecar Co. Detroit, MI 1915-1916
States – States Motor Car Co. Kalamazoo, MI 1917-1919
Static – Static Motor Co. Philadelphia, PA 1923
Staver – Staver Carriage Co. Auburn Park, IL 1907-1910
Staver – Staver Carriage Co. Chicago, IL 1910-1914
Stearns Stearns-Knight – F. B Stearns Co. Cleveland, OH 1899-1930
Stearns – Stearns Steam Carriage Co. Syracuse, NY 1900-1904
Steel Swallow – Steel Swallow Auto Co. Jackson, MI 1907-1908
Stephens – Moline Plow Co. Moline, IL 1916-1921
Stephens – Stephens Motor Car Co. Freeport, IL 1922-1924
Sterling – Elkhart Carriage and Motor Car Co. Elkhart, IN 1909-1911
Sterling – Sterling Motor Car Co. Brockton, MA 1914-1916
Sterling AMS-Sterling – Sterling Automobile Mfg. Co. Paterson, NJ; Amston. CT 1915-1917
Sterling AMS-Sterling – Amston Motor Car Co. Amston, CT 1917
Sterling AMS-Sterling – Consolidated Car Co. Middlefield, CT 1917-1923
Sterling-Knight – Sterling-Knight Motors Co. Cleveland and Warren, OH 1923-1925
Stevens-Duryea – J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. Chicopee Falls, MA 1902-1906
Stevens-Duryea – The Stevens-Duryea Co. Chicopee Falls, MA 1906-1923
Stevens-Duryea – Stevens-Duryea Motors Inc. Chicopee Falls, MA 1923-1927
Stewart – Stewart Motor Corp. Buffalo, NY 1915-1916
Stilson – Pittsfield Motor Carriage Co. Pittsfield, MA 1907
Stilson – Stilson Motor Car Co. Pittsfield, MA 1907-1910
Stoddard-Dayton – Stoddard Mfg. Co. Dayton, OH 1904-1905
Stoddard-Dayton – Dayton Motor Car Co. Dayton, OH 1905-1912
Stoddard-Dayton – U.S. Motor Co. Stoddard-Dayton Division, Dayton, OH 1912-1913
Stork Kar – Stork Kar Sales Co. Martinsburg, WV 1919-1921
Storm – Sports Car Development Corp. Detroit, MI 1954
Strathmore – Strathmore Automobile Co. Boston, MS 1899-1902
Stratton – C. H. Stratton Carriage Co. Muncie, IN 1909
Stratton – Stratton Motors Corp. Indianapolis, IN 1923
Strouse – Strouse, Ranney & Knight Co. Detroit, MI 1915-1916
Struss – Henry Struss New York, NY 1897
Studebaker Brothers – Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Co. South Bend, IN
Studebaker Electric – The Studebaker Brothers Mfg. Co. 1902-1912
Studebaker-General – General Automobile Co. Cleveland, Ohio 1903
Studebaker-Garford – The Studebaker Automobile Co. South Bend, IN 1904-1911
Studebaker E-M-F – The Everitt-Metzger-Flanders Co Detroit, Michigan 1909-1912
Studebaker Flanders – The Everitt-Metzger-Flanders Co Detroit, Michigan 1909-1912
Studebaker 1902-1910 – The Studebaker Automobile Co. South Bend, IN 1902-1910
Studebaker 1911-1914 – The Studebaker Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1911-1914
Studebaker 1915-1919 – The Studebaker Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1915-1919
Studebaker 1920-1927 – The Studebaker Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1920-1927
Studebaker 1928-1929 – The Studebaker Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1928-1929
Sturgis – (see Morrison)
Sturtevant – Sturtevant Mill Co. Boston, MA 1904-1908
Stutz – Ideal Motor Car Co. Indianapolis, IN 1911-1913
Stutz – The Stutz Motor Car Co of America Indianapolis, IN 1913-1935
Stutz – Stutz Motor Car of America New York, NY 1970 to date
Stuyvesant – Stuyvesant Motor Car Co. Sandusky, OH 1911-1912
Suburban Limited – Suburban Motor Co. Detroit, MI 1912
Suburban Limited – De Schaum Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1912
Success – Success Auto-Buggy Mfg. Co. St Louis, MO 1906-1909
Sultan – Sultan Motor Co. Springfield, MS 1909-1912
Summit – Summit Carriage-Mobile Co. Waterloo, IA 1907
Sun – Sun Motor Car Co. Buffalo, NY 1915
Sun – Sun Motor Car Co. Elkhart, IN 1916-1918
Sun – The Automotive Corp. Toledo, OH 1921-1924
Superior – Crescent Motor Car Co. St Louis, MO 1914
Super Kar – Louis R. Elrad Cleveland, OH 1946
Surrey ’03 – E. W. Bliss Co. Canton, OH 1958-1959
Sweany – The Charles S. Caffrey Co. Camden, NJ 1895
Swift – Swift Mfg. Co. El Cajon, CA 1959
Swift – WM Mfg. Co. San Diego, CA 1959