1959 Devin D Porsche Special

Remi Dargegen ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The brainchild of Bill Devin, an SCCA National Champion from California, Devin Enterprises created a number of kit cars in the 1950s and 1960s. Lightweight, affordable and easy to construct, Devin’s fiberglass sports car quickly earned him a stellar reputation, and Devins could be found competing on racetracks across America.

The Devin D could be purchased as a kit to be assembled by the customer or as a completed car for racing or street use. Boasting a tubular frame, the car was assembled mainly with Volkswagen parts and could be fitted with either a Porsche or VW engine. While this particular Devin D’s history remains largely unknown, documentation on file notes that this particular car was once part of the estate of Bill Devin. It was sold from the Devin Estate to an individual in Italy in 2003, before its current owner bought the car in 2014.

Fitted with a Type 616/7, 1,600-cc, 4-cylinder engine from a Porsche 356B, the car presents quite well throughout. Still popular today in vintage racing, there is no doubt that this Devin D would be an absolute thrill to drive.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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