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Probably a hideous deathtrap............but..............
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The first running prototype of the Scarab was completed in 1932, probably the first car ever with an aluminum spaceframe unit-construction body, although the frame parts were steel. The second Scarab, completed in 1935, was an evolution of the first, incorporating some styling and mechanical changes. The headlamps were set behind a fine, vertical-bar grille, and at the rear, narrow chrome bars curved from the back window down to the bumper, giving the car its Art Deco appearance. The body was now steel to reduce cost.

Stout issued a statement that the car would be manufactured in limited quantities and sold to those who were invited to buy. Up to a hundred a year were to be made in a small factory at the corner of Scott Street and Telegraph Road, Dearborn, Michigan. Although the Scarab garnered much press coverage, at $5,000 (equivalent to $80,000 in 2010), when a luxurious and ultra-modern Chrysler Imperial Airflow cost just $1,345, very few would pay this hefty premium for innovation, and total production of the Scarab amounted to no more than nine units. The vehicles were completely hand-built and no two Scarabs were identical.
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An Art Deco bus.

Horrendous.

Seriously not cool.
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A stretch limo Isetta. Definitely not cool
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Pictured on a fag card when I were a tot, but never ever saw one over here? :
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A stretch limo Isetta. Definitely not cool

The point of the post was to highlight that perhaps the people carrier wasn't invented with the Espace or even the VW van.

Knocking it over by comparing it to a 3 wheeler 2 seater that came out 20 yrs later is ok, I s'pose, if you're making a joke.

It was a joke you were making, yes?
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It might have been slightly generical tongue in cheek
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oh ok

I was gonna challenge you to a dance off

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Reminds me of Buckminster Fullers Dymaxion car A Harrowing Test Drive of Buckminster Fuller's 1933 Dymaxion Car: Art That's Scary to Ride | Open Culture possibly a little safer..
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Blah blah, Scarab, blah blah Dymaxion.

I present to you, the 1914 A.L.F.A. 40-60 HP Castagna Aerodinamica.

Commissioned by count Marco Ricotti and built by Carrozzeria Castagna, the teardrop shape (spoiled somewhat by the standard radiator) enabled a top speed increase of about 10 miles per hour.

Not really a people carrier, though. It only had the normal two bench seats.
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So we sailed up to the sun
Till we found the sea of green
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It is cool as a piece of history and Art-Deco design. As said before it is more than likely a death trap and drives like a POS but that isn't really the issue with cool.

I can't say I love its looks but it is "stunning" for its time.

+ Art Deco meets motion
- Better viewed in a museum than from behind the wheel.
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If you want to see a really nice-looking Art Deco car, have a look at the 1936 to 1937 Cord 810 and Cord 812, or, of course, the Chrysler Airflow from 1934. Both are featured in the Franschhoek Motor Museum near Cape Town in South Africa (Where a great collection of Alfas, plus all the Ferrari hypercars since the 288 GTO, barring the LaFerrari also reside.)

The Cord is also interesting insofar it was the first American front-wheel drive car with independent front suspension. Also, as far as I know, the first ever car to have pop-up headlights.
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