The Fascination Car
July 23, 2011 by TidiousTed
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.
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.
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.