This 1959 Devin D has obviously seen better days, but we wonder what its life used to be like. The seller claims the car is a barn find and that it might have racing history. They currently lack any documentation to prove that it was raced, but they are trying to find some history on it. Racing history could have a huge impact on the value of the car, so hopefully the seller can find something on it. The seller has listed it here on eBay reserve free.
The seller’s reasoning for why they believe it was used for racing is the steel front bumper. It’s possible that someone added the bumper as a way to protect the body during close quarters racing, but they could have also installed it simply to protect the fiberglass body from parking lot collisions. The seller knows the car has spent most of its life in South Carolina, so we would see if any of the tracks in the area still have records from the ’60s and ’70s.
The engine is long gone, but the transmission is still in place. After building the very successful SS, Devin decided they needed a cheaper car, so they designed the model D, which came both as a factory built car or a kit. To keep costs down, they made extensive use of Volkswagen components. Finding replacement parts for this car should be fairly easy and affordable, as most come straight from the Volkswagen part’s bin. However, it looks like there is a decent amount of rust on the chassis and the fiberglass body is in need of some serious attention.
This car is going to be a big project, as it needs everything. There aren’t many of these still floating around and if the car has racing history, it could be worth some money. We doubt it will have the kind of history that will make it worth a huge amount, but you never know. We would want to track down its history before investing a small fortune into it, but even if it isn’t a long lost race winner, it’s still worth restoring. With or without racing history, this car would be welcome at a variety of events and would be a blast to race in.