The origin of the Freeway.
A very nice guy named Dave built about 700 of these in Burnsville, Minnesota, starting in about 1980. It's partly a response to the gas crisis. Capable of about 100 mpg and 65 mph, it was a very practical commuter design. A one-cylinder lawn tractor motor pushed this fiberglass-bodied, steel-framed "three." There were also a few electric models made. Unfortunately for H-M-Vehicles, the gas crisis ended (and now just look where we are, awash in cheap gas and lost amongst SUVs) and the company did not survive.
I was at least the fourth owner of this one, MIT got it from somewhere,
then it went to a motorcycle repair shop, then to a nice local
guy named John Beucler, and then to me. It hasn't fared too well
over the years; many parts are missing or wrecked. (In the picture,
you may notice the absence of "glass," a missing door
handle, faded color and some rust.)
Preserving a rare vehicle.
Though it's in tough shape and incomplete, it is nonetheless one of only 700 Freeways ever made. A nice feller named Dan has recently become its custodian; he and his son are going to start working on it at a reasonable pace. Here's to you, Dan! Off it goes. Good luck!