- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Historical Museum is preparing to show off a rare 1935 car.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1E9CEPS ) the public can get a sneak peek at the Stout Scarab this weekend before it officially goes on display Aug. 29.

The brainchild of inventor William Bushnell Stout has aerodynamic styling and a spacious interior. It features a card table, repositionable seats, push button doors and a wicker-basket ceiling.

Adam Lovell, curator of collections for the Detroit Historical Society, says it’s “the precursor, or the forerunner, of the minivan, 50 years before its time.” Lovell says it’s believed only nine were made and five survive. He says they’re handmade and each different.

The Scarab is part of the Historical Society’s automobile collection. It’s been on loan for more than a decade.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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