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The Wayfarer: An Economical Three-Wheeled Car

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is having New York native Bob Way build a compact, sparse, three-wheeled car for less than $1,000.

| May/June 1975

  • The Bob Way Wayfarer car
    Low-cost, three-wheel economy car  (back view).
  • The Bob Way Wayfarer car side view
    Low-cost, three-wheel economy car (side view).
  • The Bob Way Wayfarer car front view
    Low-cost, three-wheel economy car  (front view).

  • The Bob Way Wayfarer car
  • The Bob Way Wayfarer car side view
  • The Bob Way Wayfarer car front view

As mentioned several times in the past, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is in the process of developing a small, two-seat, 60 mpg town, three-wheeled car that weighs only a quarter as much as a "standard" Detroit automobile and costs a great deal less — in both dollars and resources — than any Motor City vehicle now costs. Work is now progressing nicely on that car and we should have some knockout photos to show you soon.

In the meantime, however, it's only honest to tell you that a whole bunch of other folks are also working on ultra-light, ultra-efficient, ultra-etc. town cars too.

People like Bob Way as a matter of fact. And the reason Bob lives at the station (well, almost lives there anyway) is because he's just spent a long, cold winter designing and building a little two-place town car of his own.

"My little bug has less than 90 parts including the body, engine, drive train, etc.," says Bob. "The body is 4-oz. Dacron over plywood frames which, in turn, are bolted to a steel framework. The machine is driven by a 293cc single-cylinder engine geared through a torque converter to give both snappy initial acceleration and a top speed of 70 mph.

"I've designed the vehicle as a three-wheeled car because, in most states, anything with three wheels is considered a motorcycle instead of a car . . . and is therefore subject to less red tape and restrictions. I was also shooting for a vehicle that would cost less than $1,000 and which locally trained people could produce from locally available materials at the rate of five or ten units per week in a space no bigger than the average muffler shop."

And if nobody is interested in such a "backyard" manufacturing opportunity? Bob says he'll be happy to redesign his little machine for mass production. "All I want in such a case," he states, "is an engineering fee and a 1% royalty on the retail price of each vehicle sold."

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