1962 Devin Super Sports Body
-NOS, unused genuine Devin SS body plus extra parts
-Perfect for a replica Devin SS or vintage "sports/racing" special
-Ferrari style at Chevrolet prices
The Devin Super Sports
In 1958, Bill Devin and his close friend, Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, visited Carrozzeria Scaglietti, located across the street from the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Sergio Scaglietti showed them his design for what would become the 1959 Ferrari Testa Rossa, now considered the most beautiful sports/racer from the Golden Era of the Fifties. Devin flew home to El Monte, CA and created a fiberglass body virtually identical to Scaglietti's Testa Rossa. He then started to produce a complete car, called the Devin Super Sports.
The Devin SS was state of the art in 1958, with tubular steel frame, independent front suspension, De Dion rear suspension, rack and pinion steering and with four-wheel Girling disc brakes. A Borg-Warner 4-speed and Corvette V-8 gave the 1900 pound Devin SS better performance than a Testa Rossa, allowing Californian Pete Woods to win a 1959 C-Modified Championship driving Art Evans' Devin SS.
Devin built and sold 15 Devin SS cars, plus three Devin SS kits ready for assembly. The price grew from $5900 in 1958 to $10,000 in 1962. A few additional SS bodies were built by Devin-Fuller in a short-lived partnership in Phoenix, AZ during 1962. There are currently a dozen Devin SS cars extant, at prices that start around $300,000. Ferrari Testa Rossa prices, of course, are in the $15-million range.
There are two Devin SS series. Early cars have a 92 inch wheelbase and either left or right hand steering. Later cars have a 94 inch wheelbase, left hand steering and nascent spoiler across the rear bodywork.
The Body Offered
The body on offer here is one of the handful made in the Phoenix facility in 1962. It will fit a 92 to 94 inch wheelbase and tread width of 58 to 60 inches, front and rear. Never built into a car, it was purchased from the original owner, who had worked in the Devin-Fuller factory. The consignor acquired it as spare bodywork for his Devin SS vintage racer. His race car was subsequently sold to the Tom Mittler Collection and from the Mittler Collection to current owner James Freeman, making this spare body superfluous to requirements. This genuine SS body would make a stunning Devin SS replica, sports/racing special, vintage rally car or, should you be lucky enough, spare bodywork for your Devin SS race car.