Welcome Davis Car Fans!

Welcome to my rather hastily put together Davis web page.


Here are a few pictures from my family collection.  Below I've added a brief
summary of my family's involvement with the Davis car history.

Click on Picture to ENLARGE!

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1953 - Steidel Family Car
Paul W. Steidel, age 6 (on left)
Clinton Steidel, age 12 (on right)

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1953 - Steidel Family Car
(left to right) Clinton, Bernice,
Paul W., & Paul C.

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Davis Car being loaded for
transport (pray for no hydraulic
failure!).

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Davis Car aerodynamics
being compared to an F-80
fighter.

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The Davis Car bare essentials.


A Bit Of My Family History:

Written by: Kevin Steidel

First I will assume that you've all read the beginning of the Davis Story on the Davis Registry Site.  The neat thing is my family's involvement with Davis car begins just before the "Davis saga" seems to enter the dark period of the unknown.  My grandfather, Paul Clinton Steidel, was one of many investors who originally bought in on one of Gary Davis's franchise offers.  Beyond that, he was one of the believers that despite Gary's short-comings the Davis three wheel design truly had potential.

When the Davis Motor Car Company holdings where put up for auction, my grandfather used funding from his first company the Danco Canvas Company in San Gabriel California to purchase a Davis vehicle rights along with much of the factory tooling.  He then, with the assistance of several previous franchise holders, formed a new corporation named the "Delta Motor Car Corporation".  They held several meetings designed to spark new interest in franchise ownership of this three wheel car.  During these promotional events my grandfather and others where also working on design modifications to reduce the cost of manufacturing the car.  These where efforts to keep the car near it's original $1000 dollar sale price.  Among the design changes was the idea to produce the car with an all fiberglass body.

Unfortunately, the Davis stigma severely damaged the credibility of this car and prevented the newly founded company from raising sufficient capital to produce the car within the states.  So my grandfather then investigated the possibilities of having the car manufactured overseas.  In conversations with my father, he distinctly remembers when he was 12 years old, having some guests with "heavy English accents"over at there house for dinner.  He especially remembers the look on there faces when they took a sip from there wine glasses.  My grandparents being devout Christians had actually served "Welch's Grape Juice".  It was quite obvious from the look on their faces that they were expecting something entirely different!

As time went on my grandfather managed to secure a deal with the Reliant Engineering Company (Tamworth) Ltd, England.  Part of the agreement required my grandfather to send his Davis car to them for a period of time for engineering evaluation.  But the Delta Motor Car Corporation's efforts to raise capital again fell much short of what was needed to produce the car at even lower overseas rates.  So much short that there wasn't enough money left to have the car shipped back home.  The car was later destroyed by English customs officers for non-payment of duties.  This was indeed a sad loss, not only for a truly historic piece of American automotive history, but also for a car that had served as my father's family car for more than a year.  My father still reflects on many memories of how proud my grandfather was of that car.


CREDITS:

First I would like to thank Tom Wilson for doing an outstanding job of keeping the Davis History alive.

I also want to thank my Father and my Uncle for entrusting me with a truly unique part of both my family and American history.

And last, but most important, I want to thank my Grandfather for just being who he was.


Any questions, comments, or just want to say HI!

E-mail me at lm_matador@hotmail.com

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