Aircraft fuel tank on wheels
Source: Popular Mechanics, August 1947

The Scoot-Mobile is a three-wheeled motor vehicle the prototype for which was produced in 1947. It was the brainchild of designer and inventor Norman Anderson, assisted by Vernon Servoss and Lester Sworthwood, all of Corunna, Michigan.[1] The body was a modified aircraft fuel tank, and the wheels also came from an aircraft. The two driven wheels at the front and the third wheel at the rear were all braked, and the car was fitted with an automatic transmission. Fuel consumption was 75 miles per gallon (3.8 L/100 km) and the claimed top speed was 40 mph (64 km/h).[2] It was planned to sell the car for $350, but whether it ever went into production is unknown.[3]

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Gunnell, J. (1982). Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1947–1975. Krause Publications.
Rees, C. (2013). Three-Wheelers A–Z:The Definitive Encyclopaedia of Three-Wheeled Vehicles from 1940 to Date. Quiller Print.
Staff writer. (1947, August). “Gas Tank” Car. Popular Mechanics.