Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790
Lot 23
Ex – Fred Davies, 1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer
Chassis no. 12790
€95,000 - 125,000
US$ 100,000 - 130,000

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Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790 Ex – Fred Davies,1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer  Chassis no. 12790
Ex – Fred Davies
1962 Davies Special 'Can-Am' Sports-racer
Chassis no. 12790
The unique car offered here was built in the USA by Fred Davies, an English engineer who had first moved to Canada in the 1950s, ending up working for racing car manufacturer Bill Sadler. He was involved with building the Maserati 'Birdcage'-like Sadler Mk3 sports-racer and the Sadler Formula Junior monopostos. On file is a six-page Sports Cars Illustrated article about the Sadler Mk3, which includes a picture of Mr Davies.

Fred Davies eventually left Sadler and moved to California, finding a workshop near Los Angeles in 1961. It was there that he constructed a sports-racer of his own design using a beautifully made tubular spaceframe, aluminium body, Chevrolet V8 engine and Huffaker gearbox, the latter being one of very few suitable transmissions available at that time. Ratios could be changed quickly from the rear of the Huffaker 'box, and the car's rear panel was designed to facilitate this. By the time his car was finished in 1962, Davies' priorities had changed and he never raced it. Using on the road occasionally, it was stored until 1975 and then sold to dealer Brian Classic in the UK.

Brian Classic sold the Davies to a Dutch collector from whom it was purchased in 1978 by a Belgian neurologist and gentlemen driver, Pierre Haverland. Unsure of what the car was, he registered it with the FIA as a Genie, an understandable mistake as the Joe Huffaker-built Genie sports-racers do resemble the Davies car. Haverland had the Davies completely restored by Peter Denty in the UK and raced it in European historic events until 1983. He then sold the car to Sweden where it raced until 2004 before being sold to the current owner in Belgium.

The Davies comes with sundry invoices to Haverland; the 1983 bill of sale to Sweden and Swedish road registration papers; FIA papers (issued 1984); a colour film of Fred Davies driving it in 1967 (on DVD); and a 1975 copy of Motor Sport containing Brian Classic's advertisement. A box of alternative Huffaker gears is included in the sale. Described as in generally very good condition, the Davies Special represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a unique car belong to the pioneering days of rear-engined, large capacity sports-racers.

Cette voiture unique présentée ici a été construite aux USA par Fred Davies, ingénieur anglais qui avait d'abord émigré au Canada dans les années 1950 où il finit par travailler pour le constructeur de voitures de course Bill Sadler. Il participa à la construction de la Sadler Mk3 sport-compétition et des monoplaces Sadler Formule Junior. Le dossier contient un article de six pages de Sports Cars Illustrated concernant la Sadler Mk 3 qui comprend une photo de M. Davies.

Fred Davies quitta ensuite Sadler et partit en Californie où il trouva un atelier près de Los Angeles en 1961. C'est là qu'il construisit une voiture sport de compétition de sa propre conception utilisant un châssis en treillis tubulaire superbement fabriqué, une carrosserie en aluminium, un moteur Chevrolet V8 et une boîte Huffaker, cette dernière étant une des transmissions le mieux adaptée disponible à l'époque. Les rapports internes étaient facilement interchangeables par l'arrière de la boîte Huffaker et le panneau arrière de la voiture était conçu pour faciliter l'opération. À la date où la voiture fut achevée en 1962, les priorités de Davies avaient changé et il ne la pilota jamais. Utilisée occasionnellement sur la route, la voiture fut stockée jusqu'en 1975 avant d'être vendue au négociant Brian Classic au Royaume-Uni.

Brian Classic vendit la voiture à un collectionneur néerlandais qui la céda à un neurologue et gentleman driver belge, Pierre Haverland, qui, sans certitude sur les origines de la voiture, l'enregistra auprès de la FIA comme une Genie, erreur compréhensible car la Davies ressemble beaucoup aux Genie sport-compétition construites par Joe Huffaker. Haverland fit restaurer totalement la Davies par Peter Dentry au Royaume-Uni et la pilota dans des épreuves historiques en Europe jusqu'en 1983. Puis il vendit la voiture en Suède où elle courut jusqu'en 2004 avant d'être revendue à son propriétaire actuel en Belgique.

La Davies est accompagnée de nombreuses factures au nom de Haverland, de l'acte de vente en Suède et des papiers d'immatriculation belges, des documents FIA (émis en 1984), d'un film en couleur de Fred Davies au volant en 1967 (sur DVD) et d'un numéro de 1975 de Motor Sport contenant l'annonce de Brian Classic. Une caisse de pignons alternatifs pour la boîte Huffaker sera jointe au lot. Décrite comme étant en bon état général, la Davies Special représente une belle possibilité d'acquérir une voiture unique de l'époque des pionniers de la voiture sport-compétition à moteur arrière de forte cylindrée.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the car has Swedish registration paper, and not Belgian as stated in the catalogue. Veuillez noter que la voiture a des documents d'immatriculation suédois, et non pas belges comme mentionné au catalogue.
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