A Trihawk 304? You’re right, these are rare with less than 100 made. This 1983 Trihawk 304 is on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $12,500, but the current bid is only $590 with the reserve not met, of course. It’s located in Santee, California and there are 5 days left on the auction so you’ll have time to line up your airfare out there and drive this home. Don’t worry, there’s a top for it and it “fits on very easily, its not shrunk and can be installed in less than a minute.” Thanks to Jim S. for sending this tip in to us!
These unusual 3-wheelers were first made in 1982 by Design Lab, Inc. in Illinois and then everything was moved to Dana Point, California in 1983 under the name Hawk Vehicles, Inc. They remained in California until 1985 when they were bought out by Harley-Davidson. What the Harley-Davidson connection had to do with these machines, either before or after that point, remains a mystery; at least to me it does. Maybe one of the Barn Finds readers will know? They supposedly only made 96 of these in total. The “304” part of the names means 3-wheels and 4-cylinder, in case you were wondering.
This is one unusual-looking vehicle. Having two wheels in front definitely gives it more stability than if it were a single-wheel in the front. And, that’s not a Harley-Davidson engine poking out under there, it’s about as far removed from that is it gets!
I don’t even see much of an engine under all of those hoses, shrouds, wires, shields, etc., but there is one! Any guesses what powers these Trihawks? Nope. Ha, no, not even close. No, you’re not even warm. This is actually an air-cooled, 4-cylinder 1,299cc engine from a Citroen GSA. I know, I never would have guessed that, either. Some of the front and rear suspension parts were from a Renault R5/Le Car, so there’s another extra dose of the odd and unusual here. This 3-wheeler has 67 hp which isn’t a heck of a lot, but this vehicle only weighs 1,370 pounds so that was enough to get along with your fellow commuters.
These cars were so low and wide that they could out-corner the average Lamborghini Countach of the same era, reaching about 1G on the skidpad. That’s pretty impressive, especially for those folks who are instantly going to say that 3-wheelers are inherently prone to rolling over. Not this Trihawk. Speaking of this Trihawk, this is #26 of 96 made and pretty much everything is working great, but the gas gauge. And, it could use new tires just due to age. The seats are perfect, and yes, that’s a cell phone! I don’t know what era that’s from, I got my first cell phone in February of 1987 and I thought that was pretty early, this must be one that was added later. What are your thoughts on this Trihawk? Are any of you fans of 3-wheelers, even ones that can out-corner a Lamborghini?