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Martin Scootmobile
The Martin Motor Co.
Springfield, MA

James V. Martin produced the three wheeled Martin Scootmobile in Springfield, MA in 1922. The Scootmobile was equipped with a air cooled V-twin engine.

James Martin was an aviation expert that developed improvements for aircraft and received many patents. Including one that he adapted to one of his many American Automobiles.

1922 Martin Scootmobile
1922 Martin Scootmobile

Martin never made it big in the American Automobile market, but it wasn't for not trying. In addition to the Scootmobile Martin over the years had his hand in the small Martin-Dart (1929-1930), Martin-Aerodynamic (1930-1932), Martinette (1948) and the Stationette (1953). The Martin Scootmobile looked like a 3 wheeled motorcycle with the sidecar integrated. Martin's three wheeler incorporated lightweight cast aluminum wheels of his own design and was steered by tiller. Martin claimed a speed of 40 MPH and fuel consumption of 75 MPG.

1922 Martin Scootmobile Driver Side
1922 Martin Scootmobile Driver Side

The Scootmobile was advertised by the Martin Motor Co. of Springfield MA. However only a few Martin Scootmobile's were produced. Martin might have abandoned the Scootmobile to move on to better things. Because in the mid 1920s he got started on two new projects. One was a compact truck and a tiny automobile that he called the Martin Dart.

1922 Martin Scootmobile Passenger Side
1922 Martin Scootmobile Passenger Side

The Scootmobile, seems to have borrowed inspiration from the 1921 British Scott Sociable (shown below). The Scott Sociable was an open topped three wheeler with the off side wheels in line. Alfred Angus Scott was a talented engineer who also manufactured motorcycles with water cooled two stroke engines.

1922 British Scott Sociable
1922 British Scott Sociable

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