The Fascination Car

July 23, 2011 by TidiousTed

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The Fascination was created by Paul M. Lewis. His first attempt at building an automobile was the Airomobile in 1937. That vehicle was similar in size to the Volkswagen Beetle and is currently on display in the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection). The Airomobile was not a success and his attempt to build another vehicle was delayed until the late 1960′s.

The Fascination was his second attempt. Mr. Lewis incorporated the Highway Aircraft Corporation and built a prototype in Denver, Colorado. That car was propeller driven and had one wheel in the front. During a demonstration at Bandimere Speedway, a prop failed resulting in  lawsuits. The prototype was redesigned eliminating the propeller and installing a pancake-type Volkswagen power plant. Another improvement was the addition of a second small wheel in the front to give the vehicle more stability.

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Mr. Lewis moved the operation to Sidney, Nebraska, where a new body design was used and three vehicles were built. These vehicles used a four-cylinder Renault power plant. The first car was widely displayed in an attempt to sell dealerships and stock in the company. In the Denver area, it was on display at Stapleton Airport.

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Car No.2 was completed and very similar Car No. 1. Car No.3 was near completion when the stockholders voted Mr. Lewis out of the company and at this point, production ceased. Car No.3 was completed in Lincoln and was displayed at the Los Angeles New Car Show in an attempt to get orders.

The man manufacturing the fiberglass bodies in Lincoln, Nebraska ended up with the incomplete car and installed a ’63 Corvette windshield upside down to meet federal safety requirements.  The Lincoln man built one additional car using an Oldsmobile Toronado transmission and a Chevrolet V6 as a power plant. He incorporated Gullwing doors, but this car was never completed.

All five vehicles have survived and are owned by two individuals. The company made a model 16″ in length and an 8mm movie which was used when the car was being displayed to prospective dealers and stockholders.

Text found at:
Tomorrow's-Car-Today
Images found at:
VWvortex
and
SteampunkVehicles

Via Retrorambling

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on July 28, 2011.

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