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Davis Divan : 1948

Designed by Frank Kurtis.
Filed under:  Classic
 
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$995 132.7-cid Hercules L-head four-cylinder 47.0 1947 - 1949
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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.


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1948 Davis Divan. (source: Jay Leno)

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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1948 Davis Divan.

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rick3190 days ago

Many of them had V8s.

Recently featured on Discovery Channel's "Chasing Classic Cars".

CT3189 days ago

We also saw "Chasing Classic Cars", and in the program they were selling the one car with a V8.

I'm waiting for "Chasing Classic Cars" Davis Divans were soon in the news, on the covers of magazines and in newspaper ads. Franchise agreements were signed, and the quirky car looked poised for success.

rick1972 days ago

Does anyone know where I can purchase a "Davis" emblem?

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