Paul M. Lewis

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Paul M. Lewis ( - died November 27, 1990) was an American entrepreneur and car builder.[1] He built the Airomobile (1937), Fascination (1962), three Renault powered models, and an Oldsmobile Toronado-sourced V6.[1][2]

Lewis moved to Denver from Idaho Springs, Colorado in 1933 to open a Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) airplane company. He soon began constructing a mass market automobile with a three-wheeled layout. He partnered with former Franklin Motor Company engineers to design the engine. Production was sought with the Doman-Marks Engine Company, but in 1936 disputes with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) halted the project. The company went bankrupt in 1939.[1]

Lewis tried again with Fascination in 1962. It was built by his Lakewood, Colorado company Highway Aircraft Corporation. It was intended as a futuristic 130 mile-per-hour automobilewith 180-degree turning capability. To build the planned vehicles he partnered with tractor cab manufacturer Egging Manufacturing Company of Gurley, Nebraska.[2] He tauted development of a Nobel Gas Plasma Engine for the car.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Failed Automaker Reminds Us Why We Should Dream Big by George Kennedy Boldride November 17, 2013 Yahoo Autos
  2. ^ a b 1974 Fascination Concept Car includes gallery Boldride.com