1981 HMV Free-way

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The brain child of David Edmonson, High Mileage Vehicles (HMV) sold about 700 units of the HMV Free-way, a three-wheeled oddity that you’re about to learn a little bit about.

HMV Free-way - Rear Right

3 engines were available – two gasoline powerplants and a diesel option, though no one ever bought an example of the latter. You could get a 12hp or 16hp variant of the gasoline engine, capable of 100mpg and 60mpg respectively when driven at 40 miles per hour. The engine was mounted in the rear and utilized a CVT (with a chain final drive) to motivate the single rear wheel. Reverse was apparently an option that was never made available to buyers, so you’ll be planning before you park. Ignoring that, it had some nifty features – fully independent suspension, two-piece enclosed fiberglass bodywork, and a full undertray to minimize drag. It was designed to be licensed as a motorcycle (which it was federally), though some states considered it to be a car.

HMV Free-way - Cockpit

This specific HMV Free-way (VIN: hmv6910g81) has the smaller Tecumseh motor and has covered just over 6,000 miles. It’s in good shape as the car was taken apart and put into storage about 25 years ago – the current seller took approximately a year to put it back together. He notes that it’s about 95% original, as some parts had to be replaced, and a custom hidden stereo was installed as the OEM unit wasn’t working.

HMV Free-way - Front Right

Find this HMV Free-way for sale in Palmyra, Pennsylvania with an opening bid of $7,500

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