Highway Aircraft Corporation Paul M.Lewis

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His first attempt to build an automobile was Airomobile in 1937.

This vehicle was similar in size to the Volkswagen Beetle and is currently on display at the National Automobile Museum ( The Harrah Collection ).

The Airomobile was not a success and its attempt to build another vehicle was delayed until the end of the years 1960.

Fascination was his second attempt. M. Lewis incorporated the Highway Aircraft Corporation and built a prototype in Denver, au Colorado. The first "Twilight" was built in the late 1970 Denver, Colorado.

A was created by Paul M. Lewis, the same creator of the & rsquo; Airomobile of 1937 exhibited at the "National Automobile Museum". In total, 5 units were built that still survive and all belong to only two lucky collectors.

The prototype has been redesigned by eliminating the propeller and installing a Volkswagen pancake-type power plant. Another improvement was the addition of a second small wheel at the front to give more stability to the vehicle.


1974 Fascination Brochure page 1
By Highway Aircraft Corporation, Sidney Nebraska

The Fascination was a car created by Paul M. Lewis and manufactured by the Highway Aircraft Corporation of Sidney, Nebraska. It was designed as a futuristic automobile from 130 mph with a turning ability to 180 degrees. The Fascination prototype was built in 1962 Denver, Colorado. Three other cars were built in Sidney, au Nebraska, each powered by a four-cylinder Renault engine.
A fifth and final Fascination received an Oldsmobile Toronado transmission and a Chevrolet V6 engine. We even gave him butterfly doors.

Between 1973 and 1974, Lewis established in Sydney, au Nebraska, the company “Highway Aircraft Corporation” to manufacture the “Fascination”. When we think of the most revolutionary car designers, a number of names come to the & rsquo; mind: Harley Earl, Preston Tucker, Ferdinand Porsche, Highway. This company has almost revolutionized automotive design.

"Fascination" was a three-wheeled car with a futuristic design. It was powered by an innovative motor aluminum 4 cylinder gas fueled. It had its own source & rsquo; energy that gave him an autonomy between 60 000 and 75 000 miles without loss of & rsquo; n & rsquo and efficiency, zero emissions emitted by gas combustion.

D & rsquo; other futuristic features "Twilight" were tubular steel security bars to protect passengers in case of collision, contact with the road for three points that weight evenly without the & rsquo; using the suspension system, a form of front bumper curve which absorbs & rsquo; impact reducing damage in frontal collisions, and a completely aerodynamic design that eliminates wind resistance.

Although we think a three-wheeled car can be more prone to rollover (This was the main reason tricycles were banned ATVs), advertising brochure "Fascination" has said we could approach an intersection 40 miles per hour and without taking your foot off the & rsquo; accelerator, take the curve at full speed. The car does not spill. Despite all these technical aspects, sales brochures admitted that the most exciting aspect of "Fascination" was her beauty.


Mock up of the ” Fascination” 1/43 – Click (below)



Virginia Maneval

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