• Wish I had a spare $10K this time around…the Devin would be in my garage as fast as I could hook up the trailer! Me likey, much want. Ran against one of these years ago in a PCA/POC event at RIR, powered by a built 356 motor it was darn quick – acceleration exceeded my stripped 2L 911T (with S cams/pistons) and he kept up in all but the high speed corners (think turn 8 and 9). Handling/braking not so much, but hey, it weighs like 1100-1200 lbs?

    Fun toy for occasional street use (with some rework) or track/auto-x as is.

  • The Devin is a VW Special with a Devin body not a Devin manufactured car. The Devin D has a uniquely styled Devin body shared only with the Corvair engined "C". Forgotten Fibreglass has a nice article (February 7, 2011) about the Devin D which includes an original Devin brochure.

    From the photo caption of the ready to ship "D" kit: "Cutaway shows how these units bolt onto the Devin-designed chassis".

    • Dellow — yeah, I couldn't really find much clear information on Devin kits easily on the web — did Devin make the fiberglass body and then sell it for folks to install on their own?


    • Vince – Devin Enterprises of El Monte, California was primarily a manufacturer of fiberglass bodies of a basic style for the lad or lass who wanted to build a sports car special.

      By 1960 Devin was one of the oldest manufactures of "glass" bodies in the US. By then they had developed the Devin D which has a ladder type frame of box section side rails and large tube cross members which accepted VW or Porsche components. They sold kits and completed Devin Ds. The most desirable "built in house" Devin was the SS with an Irish constructed tube chassis with deDion rear suspension. Fittingly it had a more aggressive appearance as was offered complete with new Corvette engine and four speed for $10,000. Only a small number of Devin SS cars were constructed.

      Devin bodies graced some truly impressive and potent (small & large displacement) specials. However as with any supplier of fiberglass bodies the finished results (or set aside projects) varied with the skill and finances of the individual(s) and whether they were replacing the body of a Crosley, MG, TR, Austin Healey, etc. or constructing their own chassis and unique power train.

      That's the long version of a short answer.

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