Scoot-Mobile (Jul, 1947)

Scoot-Mobile will go 75 miles on a gallon of gas and 40 miles per hour, according to its designer and inventor, Norman Anderson (at left of group), of Corunna, Mich. He hopes to market the vehicle— made mostly from airplane parts—for $350. It has automatic shift, knee action and brakes on all three wheels.

12 comments
  1. Casandro says: December 22, 20082:43 am

    75 mpg must have been spectacular back in the 1940s. Today of course it’s standard.

  2. Al says: December 22, 20087:53 am

    That has bar none got to be the butt-ugliest lack of attempt at styling I’ve ever seen…

    OK, so we have leftover tail wheels from utility aircraft, a drop tank, bits of Perspex windows …let’s see…what can we make with this?

    Ewwwww…. love the square grille.

    Alan

  3. Suzanne says: December 22, 20089:09 am

    I think the grill looks mean. Kind of gives it that, “Don’t you dare make fun of me in my tiny car or I’ll eat you for lunch!” type vibe. Sure, once you get out the kids will steal your lunch money anyway, but you had extra from saving on gasoline anyway, right?

  4. Myles says: December 22, 200811:46 am

    What is “knee action?”

  5. Rick Auricchio says: December 22, 200812:10 pm

    Knee Action is a suspension type. If I recall, it’s a pair of mechanical arms similar to the human knee joint, with friction and resilience (rubber) in the joint. It flexes and absorbs motion like a spring/shock absorber system.

    After World War II, there was a huge surplus of aircraft parts, which spawned projects like this. I recall in the 80s hearing someone lament the hundreds of P-51 engines that went cheaply for anything needing power.

  6. Rick Auricchio says: December 22, 200812:11 pm

    I should have mentioned that the parts surplus was in the US, for our non-US readers. Those folks had bigger issues than building silly cars.

    The driver in that photo looks like they’re about to try to blast him to the moon.

  7. Al says: December 22, 20081:25 pm

    Re: Surplus parts:

    There was plenty elsewhere, as well, but depending on the financial trials and tribulations of the parent country depended on whether the parts showed up in the market.

    Lots and lots of British surplus goods ended up in the market here in the States, for example, because Britain was exporting anything and everything to try and bring in much-needed dollars (and other foreign currency).

    I had the pleasure of having some of the Brit ex-aircraft comms components along with my old ARC-5s in my ham rig as a youth. This stuff was old and Nth hand when I got it, but it was far better than nothing…

  8. John M. Hanna says: December 22, 20083:41 pm

    That thing is so ugly it could be a modern art masterpiece!

  9. Mike says: December 22, 20086:09 pm

    The sad part is if they painted green and called it “eco-friendly” it would sell like crazy today.

  10. Scott says: December 23, 200812:29 am

    It do sort of look like the Aptera’s great-grandfather, don’t it? :-) Except for that square grille, it looks like it could have a surprisingly low drag coefficient!

  11. Repack Rider says: December 23, 200811:18 pm

    High center of gravity, narrow wheelbase, that thing would be on its side on the first hard turn in a moderate wind.

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