1958 Devin SS Race Car
This 1958 Devin SS bodied race car features a competition 331-inch Chevrolet
V8 engine with Dual Holly carburetors estimated around 450 horsepower and mated
to a Super T10 4-speed gearbox.
The genuine SS body has no known period race history and changed
hands several times before the car was finally assembled 13 years ago by
vintage racer Scott Zerby. Zerby raced the car at various
events including the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen and the
Kohler International Challenge at Road America before selling it a
prominent Midwest collector. Blacksmith Garage purchased the vehicle from
this collector in 2015 to be “eye candy” for our showroom.
The purposeful interior presents nicely and features carpet for a more
civilized cockpit setting. Correct Stuart Warner gauges are fully functional,
and well-integrated bucket seats provide plenty of room for a co-driver. Safety
equipment includes five-point race harnesses, electrical cutoff, and a full
fire suppression system with stainless bottle.
The lightweight body sits on a tube chassis, supported by Austin Healey
100 front suspension, AFCO racing shocks at all corners, and large 5" springs
with NASCAR-style weight jacks. The small-block 331 Chevy engine directs power
through a Ford 9” rear end with adjustable “J Bar”. Dual Carter carburetors
are installed on a period style intake manifold with a Corvette oil fill tube
and closed script valve covers. Tube headers lead to the straight side
pipe exhaust, and the seller notes the car has an awesome V8 exhaust
note. Stopping is achieved via front and rear Wilwood discs, and the car
is fitted with a large 24+ gallon fuel cell with twin Holley fuel pumps.
The new owner may wish to adjust the setup to their driving style. The
car comes with its more recent log books documenting its eligibility at
historic racing events.
Bill Devin was an exotic car dealer and race car driver in the 1950’s and
the mastermind behind the Devin SS. He set out to produce a race car that
offered the style and performance of a Ferrari but at a price that was more
affordable. At the time, a typical Devin SS could be had for $6,000 while a
comparable Ferrari would fetch $12,000 dollars or more. With its
331 cubic inch Chevy power plant and a tube chassis which Devin sourced from
engineer Malcolm MacGregor of Northern Ireland the car became an instant
success. The car scored its first win with Pete Woods in 1959 at the Cal
Club C-Modified Championship. From that point on the Devin SS became a
force to be reckoned with, scoring many important victories in the SCCA C-modified
racing class in the late 50’s and early 60’s
The Car is ready to race and with standard race weekend preparation, the car
should be very competitive, unique and great looking on the track.
Alternatively, this car has been registered in Utah and is street legal.