DAVIS. Three - Wheel Engineering Triumph. Automobile Trade Brochure, Glenn Gorder "Gary" Davis, d. 1973.
DAVIS. Three - Wheel Engineering Triumph.
DAVIS. Three - Wheel Engineering Triumph.

DAVIS. Three - Wheel Engineering Triumph.

[Los Angeles ?]: Davis Motor Co., (1948). 1st Printing. Broadsheet, folded twice, to form a brochure. Folded: 10-7/8" x 8-1/2". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. General wear & soiling, faint fold-lines, Very Good. Item #49234

"Distinctive Styling ... Years Ahead!" [brochure blurb]

"The Davis Motorcar Company was an American automobile manufacturer based in Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, which produced three-wheeled automobiles from 1947 to 1948. In total the company produced 13 vehicles.

Davis operated in a 57,000 sq. ft. former aircraft assembly building in Van Nuys, where a prototype three-wheeler named "Baby" was built. Baby was powered by a 47 hp Hercules 4-cylinder engine coupled to a Borg-Warner 3-speed transmission and Spicer rear end. Baby was unique in that it featured four-across seating. It was planned that production, beginning in 1948, would start at a minimum of 50 cars a day later increasing to 1,000. A second prototype called "Delta" was built, and a third prototype, the model 482, was completed later. The third model, the "Divan", established standards for the production Davis cars.

The company closed down in 1948, as workers and engineers were not being paid, and lawsuits were threatened by investors and dealers. Former employees then filed suit for back pay, and the company was investigated on allegations of fraud. Soon after the Davis plant was shut down, Gary Davis was convicted on 20 of 28 counts of theft (he was acquitted on four counts of theft and four of fraud) and was sentenced to 8 months to two years in jail." [Wiki]

We find no copies of this brochure recorded on OCLC; all-in-all, a very rare promotional piece from this short-lived automotive experiment.

Price: $235.00