This 1957 Devin D is a kit based on a Beetle pan and was produced by Devin Enterprises in the the late 1950s. This example was purchased in a non-running state by the seller in February and is titled as a 1956 VW. It is powered by a 1500cc VW Type-1 flat-four paired to a 4-speed manual transaxle. Though it benefits from a new new carburetor, fuel pump, new spark plugs and wires, new battery, and an oil change, it will still need some electrical and other work to be in top running order. Though records are lacking, the car is said to have been used by the previous owner in various local race events hosted by the Siskiyou Sports Car Club. This Devin is now offered by the seller with a spare windscreen, seat belt, and clean California title in the seller’s name.
The molded fiberglass body is finished in blue with white stripes and is believed by the seller to have been originally finished in red. Features unique to this example include custom headlight covers, tail lights, and front and rear valences specially fabricated by the previous owner, who is said to have owned a plastics fabrication company. Numerous photos of the exterior are featured in the gallery, and highlight noted blemished in the finish.
A set of 15″ wheels wear a mixed set of Semperit and Riken tires. Included in the sale is a low-profile plexiglass windscreen.
The cockpit features integrated cloth-covered bucket seats, carpet, and unique trim fabricated by the previous owner. A small placard mounted to the dash notes the car’s participation in the Siskiyou Sports Car Club 2009 Challenge Series. Safety equipment includes five-point race harness for the driver, roll-bar, and a floor-mounted fire extinguisher. Though the seller notes the headlights, tail lights, turn signals, and horn are operable, the electrical system could benefit from further sorting to correct the inoperable tachometer, water temperature gauge, windshield washer system, and inaccurate speedometer.
Power is provided by a rear-mounted 1500cc VW Type-1 flat-four from a Beetle paired with a 4-speed manual transaxle. The car was not running at the time of the seller’s purchase, and the seller performed a successful recommissioning within the past two months that included the installation of a new carburetor, fuel pump, spark plugs and wires, battery, and oil change. Receipts are limited largely to those by the seller, though some records document a rebuild of the cylinder heads in the 1980s. The seller notes a leak from the rear main seal.
A drive-by of the car is featured in the clip above.
Several photos are included in the gallery that highlight the condition of the 1969 VW pan, which displays some surface corrosion.