1981 Other Makes Freeway II MicroCar
1981 FreeWay II MicroCarOne of 700 examples made between 1979 and 1982About 700 were made over two years at a retail price of $3,400 at the factory in MinnesotaNo expense spared, two-year rotisserie restorationThe best example available for sale, quality restoration! Has top speed of 65 MPH and gets 60 to 80 MPGUpgraded 27.6 CID Tecumseh single-cylinder, four-cycle engine with new HMV drive system, belt, bearings, seals and chainBelt-driven continuously variable transmissionOrange exterior with gray and black interiorFrame blasted and painted to match bodySingle headlight with dual foglights and dual taillightsNew glass and sealsNew shocks, suspension, brakes, wheels and tiresNew carpet and interiorSunroof, factory wiper, electric fuel pump, new parking brake, new dry-cell battery, new chrome exhaust with heat wrapDocumentation includes a copy of Jerry Kraft and Friends FreeWay Service Manual Interesting design feature is the heater. It is actually the oil cooler located under the dashboardNo need to buy a Toyota Prius or a Tesla when you can get a classic high MPG vehicle like this 1981 FreeWay II MicroCar. This classic commuter car has a top speed of 65 miles per hour and gets at least 60 MPG. It underwent a two-year, no expense spared rotisserie restoration and is the best example offered for sale! We think that this retro eco-car is quite the character, and certainly a machine that will have people raising an eyebrow.Designed by Dave Edmondson and built in Burnsville, Minnesota, this is one of only about 700 examples made between 1979 and 1982. With 3,445 miles showing on the clock, the carâ€™s owner decided to embark on a complete two-year rotisserie restoration that started in 2015 and took about two years to complete, with reportedly no expense spared.The carâ€™s fiberglass body is finished in orange and the color plus the trim are in excellent condition, as expected after a complete renovation. The frame was blasted and painted to match the body. Up front is the single rectangular headlight while there are two round taillights in the rear. The body took eight months to repaint and reportedly cost $3,100 alone. This FreeWay has all new plexiglass and seals, too; its rear windows have the ability to open about two inches each for air ventilation and the sunroof is completely removable.As expected, the bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is extremely tidy and the cargo area behind the lone seat looks great. The FreeWay had a welded tubular steel frame, with a secondary perimeter frame at bumper height to protect the driver from impacts. Its suspension was fully independent. The lower body included a full undertray to reduce the drag coefficient of the vehicle.This example has new shock absorbers, suspension, brakes and reportedly the last three radial tires that were factory. The new tires are size 215 40-12 and all three are mounted on new black-and-silver ITP alloy wheels that look sharp and contrast well with the exterior. The FreeWay II has the larger 27.6-CID Tecumseh single-cylinder, four-cycle engine, complete with new belt and HMV drive system, which is a complete rebuild with new bearings, seals, chain painted to match the body. The engine is mounted behind the driver and was coupled to a snowmobile-style CVT belt drive transmission. Final drive to the rear wheel was by chain. It did not have a reverse gear in its transmission. Thereâ€™s a new dry cell battery and new aluminum fuel tank with gauge, filter and Holley fuel pump plus a new parking brake. This example has turn signals, taillights, brake lights, running lights, fog lights, head lamp and dash lights, power factory windscreen wiper and an electric fuel pump. The new chrome exhaust has been heat-wrapped.Inside, thereâ€™s a black-and-gray driverâ€™s seat that is in excellent shape, new carpet plus a sunroof and rear lift lid with AM radio installed at factory. The dash has a speedometer with an odometer, amp meter, gas gauge, temperature gauge and ventilation fan but the fuel gauge and speedo/odo are inoperable. There are four rear view mirrors for safety and the car has a new parking brake. The headliner is in good, original shape while an orange-and-black three-spoke steering wheel faces the driver. This is a two-person inline seating car, but it is currently setup as a one-seater that accommodates a driver up to 250 pounds. The rear seat is included.The FreeWay was designed to be a basic, no frills transportation vehicle for one person. It was envisioned by its designer, Dave Edmonson, as the ideal solo commuter car. The body is two-piece fiberglass. The drive system was made by Comet, with two variable-diameter pulleys, as used in snowmobiles. Final drive to the rear wheel was by chain. Top speed was said to be 65 mph. Gas mileage was the FreeWay's long suit, with 60 to 80 mpg claimed for the FreeWay II model.The company that manufactured the FreeWay was H-M-Vehicles (H-M-V), located in Burnsville, Minnesota, near Minneapolis. Dave Edmonson, the designer and builder of the FreeWay, began turning out completed vehicles in late 1979. Sunrise Fiberglass of Forest Lake, Minnesota built the bodies and Mass Machining of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota supplied the steel frame to Edmonson's specifications. All assembly was done at the Burnsville plant, where the cars were built by hand; each one took about 30 hours to put together. By August 1980, the cute little fellows were rolling out of the H-M-Vehicles plant at about 15 per month, looking like Easter eggs with their bright yellow, red or orange colors. In July 1981, H-M-V moved to larger quarters (still in Burnsville) and production increased, at one point, to more than 50 vehicles per month. By September 1981, H-M-V had delivered 380 FreeWays.From this point to the end of FreeWay production, information is incomplete. Production continued until more that 700 FreeWays had been produced but the company eventually failed in 1982.Documentation includes a copy of Jerry Kraft and Friendsâ€™ FreeWay Service Manual (Kraft was a former H-M-V employee). Stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to check out this very rare fuel miser. If you buy this car and drive it in public, you must enjoy being the center of attention, answering a lot of questions and enduring people taking selfies with it. This is a very, very rare vehicle thatâ€™s like new, ready to drive to any car show and draw a crowd. Youâ€™re virtually guaranteed not to see another one at a cruise night or car show unless you attend a FreeWay convention. VIN: HMV7160G81This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 3,445 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.