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The Trihawk was originally envisioned by Lou Richards, and further design and development was accomplished by a core group including Bob McKee, David Stollery, Dick Kleber and Bill Mozon. The Trihawk was first manufactured in 1982 by Design Lab, Inc. at a facility in Mokena, Illinois. After completing a preproduction run of 10-12 units, manufacturing and sales were moved to a new facility in Dana Point, California under the new moniker of Hawk Vehicles, Inc. where full production began in 1983. Production ceased at the end of 1985, after company interests were purchased by Harley Davidson. Between 90 and 100 units were produced.

The vehicle is powered by a 4-cylinder, air cooled 1,299cc boxer engine that drives the front wheels. The engine and transmission came from the CitroŽn GSA. Suspension components were utilised from the Renault R5 (Le Car) whereas Honda was the choice for the dash board instruments. Due to it's extremely low centre of gravity and wide front track, the Trihawk was capable of attaining upwards of 1G force during skid pad testing, matching the Corvette and Countach of the day.

My thanks to Adam Reif for writing the text on this page


The 1982 Trihawk.  (My thanks to Gary Goodman for this picture of his old Trihawk)

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Addendum: I had an e-mail from John Moglia who mentioned: I worked for Subaru of America in the 1970s and 1980s and I was approached by some engineers who wanted to buy a batch of Subaru 1600cc engines and gearboxes. They had already built a prototype vehicle which I was able to try out at the Transportation Research Center in Marysville, Ohio. (Honda now owns the test facility with its skidpad and huge oval track for endurance testing.)

Subaru of America did not take the Trihawk seriously and declined to supply the 100 engines and gearboxes. The production Trihawk used Citroen powertrains instead.

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