The Devin SS was the top-of-the-line model, designed for competition in the SCCA C-Modified big-bore class. The SS wore a one-piece, hand-laid fibreglass body with fixed cockpit sides and integrated seats. The aerodynamic design featured rounded bodywork in the back and fenders that protruded slightly in the front. The mould was from an aluminium-bodied Scaglietti-designed single-seater Ferrari that was modified as a two-seater sports car. The cars were built on an imported 92-inch chassis, powered by a small-block Chevrolet engine, with disc brakes at all four corners. 12-inch discs were in the front with 11-inch inboard-mounted units in the back. The entire package weighed under 2,000 pounds, and zero-to-sixty mph was accomplished in 5.7 seconds (other sources state 4.8 seconds).
The stock Corvette 283 V8 engine was modified with a low-profile manifold to clear the very low hood. In stock form, the engine offering around 220 horsepower with 300 lbs-ft of torque. With no fan, a radiator was added to provide the cooling. Again, clearance issues were a problem, so it was tilted backwards at a 40-degree angle. The engine as backed by a Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual gearbox with 3.70:1 gear ratio. Weigh distribution was rather impressive, with around 53% resting over the rear wheels.
SCCA requirements required 100 examples to homologate the car for racing. This was Bill Devin’s goal, however, the initial figure of 100 cars was never met. Roughly 15 to 20 examples of the Irish-chassis built cars were created. Around ten chassis were later built in California, still far short the 100 car target. Estimates vary, from as low as 15 to as high as 30 completed examples were built. Along with the compete packages, hundreds were also built as kits.
Most of the Devin SS cars were built for the track, but a few were used as road-going vehicles. Other cars that bore the Devin name included the Volkswagen/Porsche powered ‘D’ and a Corvair-engined Model ‘C.’
There were 15 Devin SS models built at the DEVIN factory in El Monte, California between 1957 and 1959. These cars were sold as complete cars ready to race or for street use.
The DEVIN’s raced successfully in SCCA C-modified class against Ferrari’s, Lister’s, and Maserati’s.
This Devin was probably delivered as a frame with body in 1959. The Frame came with a Ford rigid axle at the front
and Ford axle on leaf springs at the rear.
The body is a Devin X6, the largest available at the time and also the rarest according to the Devin registry in the USA.
The vehicle has a passenger vehicle registration from 1965 and a confirmation from the Department of Motor Vehicles NY.
In addition, there is a notarized bill of sale confirming that the last owner had owned the Devin since 1961.
The engine is a 283cui Chevrolet V8 from a 1959 Corvette with Offenhauser valve cover, absolutely rare vintage speed equipment from the time.
The transmission is a 3-speed manual, also from a Corvette.
At auction is all you see in the pictures.