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H.M Vehicles

The  first Freeway to be manufactured by HM Vehicles,  (HM meaning High Milage) in Burnsville, Minnesota, (USA) was in 1979 and designed by Dave Edmonson. Each car was hand made and it was guaranteed that each Freeway would travel 100 miles per gallon at 55mph on a freeway. The Freeway was also sold as an Electric vehicle that would travel 20 miles at 40mph, though due to the short range between charges, this version was not a great success. The petrol version was powered by either a 345cc or 453cc air cooled engine. The body of the car was moulded from glass fibre and whilst initially being a one seater car it was stated that a passenger could “squeeze” into the back for shorter trips.  The back window of the Freeway is a hatch that opens to allow access to a storage area.  HM Vehicles built approximately 700 Freeways from 1979 until 1982 but the company halted manufacture in 1983 due to Financial problems.

D & A Vehicles of  Minnesota acquired the rights to the Freeway in 1983 and built a two seater version (The Minikin)  with the seats side by side and used a different fiberglass body. The Minikin was not a success and production ceased soon after.  Jerry Kraft, a former employee of HMV then went on to sell Freeway parts until 1985.

A 1981 Freeway. (My thanks to Ian Robinson for this photograph of his Freeway before it was sold on to a collector)

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D & A Vehicles

Museums:

There are two Freeways in the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver, Colorado, USA

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