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Old 06-13-2015, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1948 Davis Divan



The Petersen auto museum in LA succeeded in raising the cash to rebuild this 1948 Davis Divan "eco" car, or at least "aero" car, through an indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/l...ogether#/story

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That is fantastic! Screw the Elio nonsense, that's the sort of thing we need now.

I'm curious though, how'd they figure four person seating? Weren't car interiors back then just big benches anyway?
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That is fantastic! Screw the Elio nonsense, that's the sort of thing we need now.

I'm curious though, how'd they figure four person seating? Weren't car interiors back then just big benches anyway?
That seating claim is one of two odd-ball things seen in the photo above... the four dudes look pretty cramped... I hope nobody spills their coffee! And then there is the fact of the right side driver wheel... is the photo reversed?

The car is cool, but what struk me as much and why I posted was the method of raising the cash. This is a significant museum... they raise $30k for a project on indiegogo? Wow. I was just part of a much smaller campaign for a much smaller history museum here. We raised $2700, but that was for a small museum. Doesn't Petersen have a massive donor base and a development coordinator?
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Awesome!

By all means, please rebuild it and let the hilarity ensue! One of my all-time favorite videos centers on a very similar vehicle:

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di·van
dəˈvan,ˈdīˌvan/
noun
noun: divan; plural noun: divans

1.
a long low sofa without a back or arms, typically placed against a wall.
synonyms: settee, sofa, couch, chesterfield; More
sofa bed, daybed, studio couch
"have a rest on the divan"
2.
historical
a legislative body, council chamber, or court of justice in the Ottoman Empire or elsewhere in the Middle East.
It was common in the 50s for one or two people to ride with their arm on the back of the bench seat. But this is a marketing claim, look how far offset from the steering wheel the driver is, and there is an elbow out every window.

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