The Martin Stationette was supposed to be the economy car of the future, but just a single example was ever made. There are a few reasons why that’s probably a good thing, and that’s leaving aside that it’s made entirely out of wood.James V. Martin was a prolific inventor who spent years designing cars that he hoped someone would be willing to produce.
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The Stationette in front of you is his last attempt. Produced by Commonwealth Research Corp. in New York City, NY, this car is an all-wooden monocoque construction. It features no axles, shock absorbers, or propeller shaft which Martin claimed made it cheaper to build.
It was designed to fit the needs of the suburban commuter – as popular acceptance would greatly ease traffic congestion. The Stationette was shown at the 1954 World Motor Sports Show and offered as “America’s economy car of the future.” Martin failed to convince anyone to produce this car.
Like the two cars he had previously designed (the Martin Aerodynamic and Martin Martinette), the Stationette remained a one-off prototype.The car is a chain-drive, all-wooden monocoque construction. It has a 4-cylinder Hercules engine, is rear wheel drive, and could reportedly reach a top speed of 107 miles per hour.