1980 Freeway Trike
During the Arab oil embargo, car manufacturers were turned on their
ear scrambling for a fuel-efficient design, that would achieve
higher mileage. The feds kicked in and were worrying more and more
about air quality, so the automakers had to not only engineer more
fuel efficiency, but also a much cleaner burn of said fuel.
This odd duck is a 1980 Freeway, a single-cylinder gas miser
engineered by Minnesota-based High Mileage Vehicles Corp. (HMV).
Designed to get 80-100 mpg, the company certainly paired things
down to the bare minimum in an effort to achieve that figure- the
awkward-looking trike is a single-seater, with the bare minimum of
gauges and no visible driver amenities.
2 pieces of yellow infused molded fiberglass come together to
produce the exterior of this car. These panels have seen a respray
that includes some drips and areas of overspray. Plexiglass windows
in the rear of the car have been replaced, and when doing so, some
uneven cutting lines were produced and now noted. A single front
headlight and 2 fog lights are seen up front, and a large glass
hatchback covers a carpeted cargo area. A note about the fiberglass
panels is they extend to the undercarriage for aerodynamics that
are more fuel efficient.
Utilitarian would be the word here, with a futuristic for 1980
single seat, placed within a sea of carpeting covering the in
interior tub, and right-side panel. The door panel is left to bare
black metal, with a pouch attached for storage. The dash contains a
few buttons, one for headlights, one for oil pump, and one for
wipers. A working AM radio is seen on the simple dash as well as
the ignition switch. The rear of the driver contains a carpeted
storage area roughly the size of a motorcycle side bag.
These cars were built with parts available and this one has no
identification as to which engine size was used. Original cars came
with either a 345cc 12hp or 453cc 16hp engine, so it is 1 or the
other! A CVT with chain final drive propels the single rear wheel.
Reverse is not an option so avoid dead end streets.
With 2 welded steel frames, one on the bottom and one at bumper
height for rigidity, and all independent suspension, it has some
technology for its day.
Touting gas mileage is one thing, achieving it is another. This car
has some issues with the front suspension, and the rear drive
wheel. Paint is fair, and mechanicals are definitely in need of a
once over for a thorough checkup. An interesting and rare piece of
automotive history that may be in the category of questionable
significance, but for the person who is interested in oddities,
this is definitely an important car.
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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
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