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3-Wheeled Car Gets 100 Miles/Gallon
A host of features and options allow buyers to tailor the Free-Way to suit individual needs. You can choose a 340 cc (12 hp) or 450 cc (16 hp) Tecumseh air-cooled gasoline engine, a diesel engine (9.6 hp) or an electric motor (6 hp) to power the Free-Way.
The 100 miles per gallon guarantee is limited to vehicles with the 340 cc engine. A steady speed of 40 mph must be maintained during the mileage test. Even under normal city driving conditions, many owners still report 80 miles per gallon, according to the manufacturer.
The Free-Way also features a 5 year guarantee against rust. Since the entire body is made from fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), rust-out is nearly impossible. The underside of the vehicle is also enclosed in FRP to protect the vehicle's steel frame.
With the 340 cc engine and an optional long distance capacity gas tank (holds 9 gal.), a driver could drive up to 900 miles on one tankful of gasoline. Speeds up to 65 mph are possible with the gasoline model. With the diesel, you may get up to 120 miles per gallon at speeds up to 60 mph. If you choose the`electric model, top speed is 55 mph and range is 20 miles per charge.
Dimensions of the Free-Way are 115 in. long, 53 in. wide and 51 in. high with a weight of 550 lbs. Two passengers can be seated, one behind the other. The standard automatic transmission and independent suspension help to make the ride smoother.
So far, about 800 Free-Ways have been ordered from H-M-Vehicles, the manufacturer. They require a $200 deposit. At present, orders are backlogged 6 months to 1 year.
Licensing varies by states. The manufacturer notes that most states classify the Free-Way as a 3-wheeled motorcycle. Others, though, call it a motor vehicle. Check with your state motor vehicle division to be sure.
A gasoline-powered Free-Way costs $3,160. The diesel version costs $4,160 and the electric is $3,595. These are base prices. One Free-Way owner, Douglas Edmonson, notes that, "The reaction of people is worth the price of the vehicle. Smiles, victory signs, thumbs-up and double taskes are standard responses."
A list of available options is available from the manufacturer. Alsoo available for $4.95 postpaid is a book packed with details about the FreeWay.
For more information or to order the book, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, H-M-Vehicles, 1116 East Hwy. 13, Burnsville, Minn. 55337 (612 890-8680).
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