The Scootacar

Allegedly the Scootacar came about because the wife of one of the directors of Hunslet Engine Company, in Leeds, found her Jaguar too hard to park. More likely is the company wanted to jump into the micro or bubble car market of the time. Its a bit hard to imagine a director’s wife in that time period trading a Jaguar for a Scootacar willingly. No matter as it has an interesting development tale with designer Henry Brown sitting on a Villiers then asking an assistant to draw an outline around him as the starting point. This lead to a very tall but short in length body which allowed a much promoted feature of allowing a door of car size proportions which was a huge improvement over the contortions that usually where required in other micro car ingress and egress. It also earned the rolling “phone booth” nickname. Construction wise the body was made of fiberglass with a steel floor and frame. Powering it was a Villiers 197cc air-cooled engine with a four speed gearbox. A reversible engine was option for backing up. Otherwise you pushed. Steering was via handle bar. Seating arrangements had the driver up front siding astride the engine with a small space meant for passenger (allegedly two). The MkII Scootacar came in 1960 with a longer, larger body and was now marketed as a family car with seating for three. A year later the MkIII (also known as the Deluxe Twin or De Luxe) appeared with a larger 250cc twin cylinder engine but only a handful where produced. Like most micro cars of the time it had a very hard time effectively completing with the Mini.

Scootacar MkI

1959 Scootacar 1959 Scootacar 1959 Scootacar Steering Wheel

1964 Scootacar MkII De Luxe

1964 Scootacar MkII De Luxe

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