The Scammel Scarab

The Scammell Scarab was a unique British military vehicle with a single front wheel mounted on a pivot. This particular wheel design allowed the vehicle to turn in any direction and easier maneuverability in tight spaces. A 6-cylinder engine powered the wheel, and it could achieve a top speed of 25 mph.

The Scarab was a good haulier and could carry as much as 3.5 tons of goods and supplies, which was especially useful during World War II. While the single front-wheeled vehicle was retired in the 1950s, it’s still remembered for its unique design and innovation that allowed excellent maneuverability.

Photographs by Surry Vintage Vehicle Society.


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