1954 Devin Ferrari MG Corvette big block Panhard straight axel ultra rare Buick For Sale
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do I begin, well lets go back to 1979 when I was a young kid. My best
buddy Mark had this old car in the garage I was always intrigued by it,
although I never knew what it was. was it a Ferrari a Lambo or Corvette at my young age I never knew. I just knew that it was a very cool car. The car never left my mind. it
belonged to Marks dad who bought it out in California. as kids we were
not allowed to go near the car. I remember him
driving it and racing it. he would wear this goofy leather cap and goggles, Well he passed away about 4 years
ago. I keep in touch with my buddy Mark, I recently asked him about the
old car" out in the garage he said he would like to part ways with it.
he explained to me sometime in the mid 1990's his dad began to take the
car apart and some parts are there while others went missing.? as far as
I can tell the car is complete and does need a complete restoration
everything seems to be there except the rear wheels & tires radiator
and other ? The cars parts are strewn about the garage. it has an what I believe to be a Buick
big block motor in it with offenhauser heads and valve covers. The car
is super light and built for the 24 hours of le'mans. that was his dream to race in the 24 hr hours. The car has not been run since the
early to mid 80's when it was last ran and taken out of the garage.
have owned this car for a little while now and done as much extensive
research as I possibly can. I can not find anymore info on it.
This is a prototype race car from the 1950's, it has no vin # nor will it come with a title.This
car is not for the timid and needs a complete restoration. It will come
with any and all parts that are located in the garage. This
is a once in a lifetime deal here folks you wont find another one of
these cars ever for sale. this is one of 3 real 54 Devin race cars
straight from California. I believe it was personally owned by Bill
Devin, I think this was one of his very first prototype cars as all the fiberglass is in its raw form & unpainted look at the rear deck lid the body is raw black molded fiberglass. Untouched. like it just came out of the mold at Bill Devin California shop.This Devin Could be the Holy Grail of Cars. I am feverishly looking for any and all paper work and pics to document this car as of now all I have it this car and its parts.. UPDATE: I have been told He did keep a log or journal, he passed away 4 years ago, The family is looking for pics or documentation im sure there is something, You can best believe even after the sale if anything is found the new owner will receive it. The frame on the car is the original one to the car from the Devin Factory out of California. The family has previously informed me that everything is original to the car and not been altered. I have a ton of additional pics ebay will only allow 16 to be loaded. please ask me for more pics I can get them right over to you. Thank you sincerely...Ron M
In 1954 Bill Devin established his company, Devin Enterprises, to begin selling the first of the his own cars.
This first car was the Devin-Panhard.
On a chassis of his own design Devin mounted a body produced from a
mold of the Deutsch-Bonnet he had taken in trade. To make the body Devin
had to teach himself to work in the still relatively new medium of fiberglass. Powering the car was a 745cc (45.5cuin) two-cylinder Panhard boxer
engine, but Devin modified the engine in a way that made it unique.
Devin adapted overhead-camshaft cylinder heads from a motorcycle to the
engine and then drove the camshafts by a synchronous toothed belt, building the first such engine with a timing belt.Devin did not patent this system.
When Bill Devin sold his Ferrari 250 MM coupe to a buyer in Michigan in 1954 he took a 1953 Deutsch-Bonnet Le Mans barquette in trade as partial payment.Devin also bought out the stock of a Panhard dealer in California, acquiring ten chassis with engines but no bodies.
Devin designed his own ladder frame
for a custom race car that used the engine and front-wheel drive
transaxle from the Panhards. The wheelbase of this chassis was 2,134
millimetres (84 inches). Devin also took a mold of the body of the DB Le
Mans, made some changes, and began to produce custom bodies for his new
car. This was his first experience working with fiberglass.
Devin went into production in 1955 with various engine
options that included Chevrolet Buick Oldsmobile ford and Chrysler from V8 cars to V6 and inline 4 cylinder engines.
Following his work on the Devin-Panhards, Devin began to sell
aftermarket fiberglass bodies for custom sports cars. Beginning with a
pattern from a small Italian spyder Devin developed a series of 50
sections of molds that allowed him to produce the Devin body
in up to 27 different sizes to fit a variety of chassis. Devin would
eventually become the largest and most successful manufacturer of
fiberglass bodies in the world.
As the business grew he expanded into producing accessories and chassis which could be bought along with the bodies.
Shortly after Chevrolet released their Corvair,
Devin launched the Devin C a new
chassis adapted to use the six-cylinder boxer engine from the Corvair.
The Devin C was also the basis of a new premium hard-top model called
the Devin GT.
In the July 1961 issue of Car and Driver magazine the American automotive journalist Henry N. Manney III wrote about Bill Devin. In the article, entitled "The Enzo Ferrari
of Okie Flats", Manney described Devin as a conjurer, an enthusiast and
"Crazy like a fox". He said that "(Devin's) unerring eye for the
ridiculous and sense of timing" caused Manney to recommend that everyone
that could take a trip to see him perform.
Bill Devin died on November 24, 2000. He was survived by wife
Mildred Delia Devin, sons Bill Devin III, Joel Devin, and John Devin and
daughters Valerie Provines and Linda Ryssman.
Mildred Devin passed away on February 15, 2013 at 89 years of age
The earliest advertising copy Devin Enterprises listed a mailing address of P.O. Box 357, Fontana, California. Later on they used a street address of 44500 Sierra Highway, Lancaster, California and later still 10156 Rush, South El Monte, California before moving operations to their most well-known location at 9800 E. Rush Street, El Monte, California.
The assets and intellectual property of Devin Enterprises were acquired by Devin Sports Cars LLC of Glendale California U.S.A
The last one fully restored sold at auction for an incredible $354.000 on
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