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    Icon5 1948 Davis Devlin

    Why am I posting this here?

    I don't know, but I saw more than a passing resemblance to our beloved DS. Given this was in existence in 1948, seems remarkable to me. Or am I missing something?

    http://www.autotraderclassics.com/ca...e+-63537.xhtml



    In this shot you can see a side on view, is it just me or does it scream DS?



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    I might go and have a quite drink and a nap

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    Why am I posting this here?

    I don't know, but I saw more than a passing resemblance to our beloved DS. Given this was in existence in 1948, seems remarkable to me. Or am I missing something?

    http://www.autotraderclassics.com/ca...e+-63537.xhtml



    In this shot you can see a side on view, is it just me or does it scream DS?



    I might go and have a quite drink and a nap

    Cheers
    Chris
    Oh yeah! and it even has the same green paint as 23 Pallas!

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    A little more info...

    http://www.remarkablecars.com/main/davis/davis.html

    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.

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    I can definitely see the resemblance to a DS. More like a DS/Dodgem Car cross actually. Was it a 3-wheeler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Clouseau View Post
    I can definitely see the resemblance to a DS. More like a DS/Dodgem Car cross actually. Was it a 3-wheeler?
    Funny you should say that (on further research), apparently Mr Davis on release from prison went on the design Dodgem cars - true

    Yes, a 3 wheeler.

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Is it just me or would that make a magnificent Madi Gras float? I dunno, it's the shape of it. I remember seeing Wayne Carini restoring it, the rear window nearly prevented it from being shown at the Ameli event. Anyway..... back to the float, I could imagine it towing a couple of giant beach balls.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mberry View Post
    Is it just me or would that make a magnificent Madi Gras float? I dunno, it's the shape of it. I remember seeing Wayne Carini restoring it, the rear window nearly prevented it from being shown at the Ameli event. Anyway..... back to the float, I could imagine it towing a couple of giant beach balls.


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    hahaha, I think I get the picture, so many lines I can't use here

    I'd never heard of the Davis Devlin before today, you obviously had having seen one in the flesh. Did it strike you that something designed in the 40's displays some of the stying cues of the DS - and I mean the later Ds. To me it's not too much of a stretch to see the third nose, the rear spat treatment, the rake of the windscreen etc.

    Don't get me wrong, this thing is butt ugly compared to a D but given it's time very progressive thinking...

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    Funny you should say that (on further research), apparently Mr Davis on release from prison went on the design Dodgem cars - true
    I honestly did not know that. Just thought it looked like a Dodgem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Clouseau View Post
    I honestly did not know that. Just thought it looked like a Dodgem.
    That's a little more kind than what Michael is suggesting it looks like

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    That's a little more kind than what Michael is suggesting it looks like

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    I agree it does have styling cues used in the DS. Kind of a cross between the DS and the Bijou.

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    Hi Chris,

    Yes I can see definite DS styling queues there.

    Are you going to get your DS to FCD this year?

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    Ken W

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken W View Post
    Hi Chris,

    Yes I can see definite DS styling queues there.

    Are you going to get your DS to FCD this year?

    Cheers,

    Ken W
    I'm not going crazy then, the pic came up on a search for Citroen oddities - why, I don't know, other than it has those similarities I've pointed out... reality is that there is no connection that I've discovered

    D(v)Special could only make to FCD on a trailer and somewhat nude of panels, still a heap of work to be done before she hits the road. How's this weather, no chance of doing any panel work from home at the moment - short answer, unlikely

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    "Déesse" Roland Barthes, 'Mythologies', 1957

    The Déesse has all the characteristics of one of those objects fallen from another universe that fed the mania for novelty in the eighteenth century and a similar mania expressed by modern science fiction: the Déesse is first and foremost the new Nautilus.

    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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