James V. Martin was a prolific inventor who spent years designing cars that he hoped someone would be willing to produce. 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.
Manufacturer: Martin Development Company
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Drivetrain Configuration: Rear engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 4 cylinder, Hercules, 65 cubic inch, water cooled
Transmission: 3 speed manual
Top Speed: 60 mph
Years of Production: 1950
Number Produced: 1
Original Cost: Proposed to sell for $995.00