The Stout Scarab was designed by aviation and automotive pioneer William Bushnell Stout, and was arguably the precursor to today's MPVs. The Scarab's design was influenced by nature, in particular the shape of the scarab beetle. It could seat up to seven passengers, and used innovative modern materials, which included an aluminium body, tubular steel frame and wipe-down lace-wood interior sidewalls. What's more, the front passenger seat could fully rotate, the back seat became a couch and the table folded out for playing cards. The Scarab's legacy is its innovation, rather than the car itself.
The 'Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas' exhibition is currently taking place in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
The exhibition is a celebration of innovative automotive design that brings together 17 concept cars from Ferrari, Bugatti, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and other manufacturers from Europe and the United States.
The cars shown range in age from the early 1930s to the present day. These are a reflection of design trends born from the contemporary social and political developments of the time that pushed the designers' imagination. In addition to the cars on show, the exhibition features conceptual drawings and scale models to demonstrate the stages of the car design process.
Here we take a look at some of the most visionary designs at the Dream Cars exhibition. In many cases it's amazing how many of the ideas have carried over into production cars of today...