The Fascination car was the creation of a Mr. Paul Lewis, an American, the creator of the Airomobile. The first Fascination car was built in the late 1960s. A total of 5 cars were built, and all have survived.
Many things about this vehicle are fascinating, not the least of which is the body style - a combination of space-age design and 1950s Detroit excess. But perhaps the most outstanding feature was the propulsion unit that was to be adopted - the Papp Noble Gas Plasma Engine.
The original advertisement says:
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In addition to the futuristic streamlined jet-plane-look, the car featured tubular steel roll bars for collision protection, impact-absorbing bumpers, and a 3-wheel ride. The car actually had 4 wheels, with the two front units mounted close together as on an aircraft.
The Papp Noble Gas Engine
You may want to read the story of Joseph Papp's marvelous (and fuel-less) engine - whose secret died with him some years ago. Briefly, the engine was a modified standard gasoline auto engine that was sealed and used a combination of noble gases (Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon) for fuel that was not consumed due to some kind of nuclear fusion. The details are unclear and Mr. Papp would never let anyone know the details and proportions of the gases.
For sure, the engine ran, many times, with witnesses, but little more is known. However, the story is fascinating and the possiblities are tempting. Several groups claim to have discovered the essential secret to this kind of engine and say they will soon be demonstrating prototypes, but nothing so far.
The best introduction to Joseph Papp and his engine is this article reproduced from the San Jose Mercury News, written by David Ansley. It seems to present a disinterested assessment and it provides many small details of information.
Click here for the article.