D For Dominance: 1961 Devin D

Back in the 1960s a guy named Bill Devin (originally from Oklahoma) sold fiberglass bodies out of El Monte, California that were designed to mount on top of Volkswagen chassis.  Devin also supplied the ladder frame with box tubing, so you didn’t have the weight of a VW pan.  Find this 1961 Devin D here on eBay bidding for $8,409 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go.

Back in the early 1960s if you wanted to race against exotics with something that looked like a Ferrari but cost about as much as a Volkswagen, the Devin made sense…today that same paradigm holds true. You can read all about the Devin in some vintage newpaper scans here on DevinSpecial.com

Behind the driver sits a Volkswagen flat-4 aircooled engine – this one runs a patriotic 1776cc engine with larger intake and exhaust valves, lightened flywheel, Weber 40 carbs, free flow exhaust, and a number of other performance mods. 

With a curb weight that would be the envy of a Lotus Elan, the little Devin should scoot around quite nicely and everybody who sees it will assume it is something really special…which it is…just not extraordinarily expensive…and that, my friends, is what makes it special.

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