The Davis Divan was one of those anomalies of the American automotive industry, built in the post-war era not by a major established automaker but by a small startup – not unlike the Tucker story, and it ended up pretty much the same way. That only makes it a more interesting one, though. To tell the story right, Jay invited Leslie Kendall – curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum – to bring by this rare 1948 example. The two take a drive through California automotive history to this seldom-read chapter.
As we reported just the other day, the Petersen has launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund the restoration of this American oddity ahead of the renovated museum's grand re-opening, so we doubt there's any coincidence with its decision to bring it by Leno's hangar for a moment in the spotlight. And we're glad they did. Scope out its sleek shape, unconventional layout and four-across seating in the video above.