Wednesday, April 30, 2014
1948 Davis Prototype
The Davis was originally designed in 1940 by Frank Kurtis, later to be known for his Kurtis Kraft Indy Race Cars. After World War II, Gary Davis, a builder of custom cars for the movie industry undertook to put the car into production. Claims were made that the car would weigh less than 1000 pounds, have a top speed in excess of 80 mph, and fuel economy of 35 to 50 miles per gallon. The Davis has a turing circle of only 13 feet and could be parked in a space only inches longer than the car. The first few cars used Continental engines and the later cars had Hercules engines.
A total of 15 hand-built prototypes were built before various lawsuits brought an end to further production. Mr Davis was convicted of fraud and sent to prison.