1948 Davis Divan. (source: Jay Leno)
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Salesman Glenn Gordon “Gary” Davis saw the vehicle, originally called the Californian designed by Frank Kurtis after Joel Thorne commissioned it in 1941.
The company’s factory was in an aircraft hangar in Van Nuys, California.
Only 13 aluminum-bodied Davis were built (all but one survive) and were powered by a 47-hp, 132.7-cid Hercules L-head four-cylinder engine (soon changed to a 63-hp, 162-cid Continental four). One was built with a Ford 60 series Flathead V8.
The Van Nuys factory shut down, assets were liquidated and Davis served two years in prison for 20 counts of fraud after impatient franchisees and employees were left empty handed.
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