I was attending a 4th of July celebration in Napa, California yesterday and was surprised to see a most unusual vehicle as part of the food concession area. It was a vintage DIVCO truck that was once built for and owned by the Helms Bakery in Los Angeles. DIVCO stands for Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company. The company was probably more famous for producing their line of delivery trucks shown below.
The DIVCO Twin was built in fairly large numbers for Helms and possibly other users as well. Many of the “coaches” have survived and been restored to their original scheme as exhibited the picture below.
The particular vehicle I discovered in Napa was once owned by Helms and now in the hands of a “hotdog” seller. The coach was restored in 1996 and looks fantastic today.
The restoration is top notch but the hot dogs were not so good. Poor food choice! Besides who has a hot dog with a Napa Valley Cab?
It so happens that Sylvan Scale Models produces a 1/4″ scale model of the Helms DIVCO twin. It is urethane as I understand.