1948 Davis Divan
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Amelia Island, Florida | March 5, 2022
Well it’s about time one of these comes up for public sale. I mean, there were only 13 built and only a dozen survive, but they are popular three-wheeled weirdos. The Davis Motorcar Company of Van Nuys, California, was founded by Glenn Davis and only existed for two years: 1947 and 1948.
Their product was the Divan, which was based on a Frank Kurtis-built custom that Davis purchased after WWII. This is the third Divan built, the first two being prototypes, making it the first “production” example. Power is provided by a Hercules inline-four good for 47 horsepower. Most of the other cars got 63-horsepower Continental fours.
It is a convertible with a removable hardtop. It also featured disc brakes and pop-up headlights. This car spent most of its life in Michigan, being restored in 2011. No pre-sale estimate is yet available, but you can read more about it here.
Update: Sold $125,000.