Better Late, Than Never—1959 Davy-Earle Volvo Special
What else can you do but build your own car, if you cannot afford to do anything else? And what else is there to do but to offer $101 to someone who has just wrecked his Volvo PV544 so you can get some parts with which to construct a racecar about which you have been
obsessing for oh so long? Well, that’s what Canadians Don Davy, Fraser Earle and Murray Edwards did way back in 1958 when they were mere sprigs of lads. However, once Don Davy had built his car (for less money than Lance Reventlow probably spent on office supplies when he was building his Scarabs), Davy sold his offspring to finance his apprenticeship with the Merlyn Race Car Company in England. After that, the Davy-Earl Special vanished, but a twist of fate brought Earle and Davy north to the town of Wiarton, Ontario, in 1996, where they again came into contact with the car and yet another twist of fate resulted in Davy’s participation in restoring the car he built 40-plus years prior. Therein as the bard says, lies a tale.
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