Built in 1947 by the Davis Motor Car Company the Divans was advertised as the car of the future. Utilizing on three wheels this unique design could get upwards of 50MPG and had a top speed of 116MPH. After selling off his stake in a series of car dealerships Glen Davis founded the company, but failed to pay his employees landing himself in a prison work camp and sending Divans production the way of the dodo. Only 13 of the car were ever made including prototypes. While a flop, the Divans had features far beyond it's time including built in jacks under each wheel for easy tire changing, disk brakes, and a single massive front bench seat which comfortably sat four.
The Petersen Museum raised money to restore the car but not a lot ($30,000) and needed it in short amount of time because they wanted it for their grand re-opening. Bodie was honored to get the call regardless and quickly agreed to the job
The car needed a full restoration of the body and paint which had been neglected for 50 years. The body was removed so we could repair the frame and suspension. The interior was fully refurbished and had to do a lot of engine work to get her running. The most difficult part of this build is there are practically ZERO replacement parts for the vehicle so a lot had to be completely re-manufactured.
Its a great feeling to walk into THE Petersen Automotive Museum and see our name among such an amazing collection of car history. We were so honored for the Petersen to think of this for such a rare piece of American History.