Devin | Fri, 11 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Speaking of classic fiberglass cars, one of the progenitors of the US kit car scene, and still one of the most beautiful cars (and high performance, arguably a better car than the competing Cobra as it significantly outperformed everything in its class) in American automotive history, is the Devin SS, part of a lineage of vehicles made by Bill Devin in the fifties and sixties. I think the one in this entry may actually be the kit that came after, which was directly based on the SS — as far as I know the SS was a turnkey only, built on a tube chassis… But visually it’s the same car. I think it sold for about $400 at the time.
In any case, Kurt is currently selling his on eBay (#170238160932), although there’s a good chance it won’t hit its reserve, so if you’re interested in the car, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The body on his sat untouched for almost fifty years, and has now been mounted on a 1986 Saab 900 floorpan with a Chrysler 360 V8 and an automatic transmission. I use “mounted” loosely, because it’s just been cut to fit and hasn’t been bolted on or attached permanently in any way… The car is rolling, but is going to take lots of work to get running and looking as good as it can. The Devin fenders will need to be glassed/blended into the fenders that are part of the Saab chassis.
Without a doubt some serious time will need to be put into this project, but for the person willing to do it, they’ll be left with something truly special.