1951 VW Devin 1957 race Car prototype

1951 Volkswagen race car race for sale in Tucson, Arizona, United States

Item location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Make: Volkswagen
Model: race car
SubModel: convertable
Type: Convertible
Trim: race
Year: 1951
VIN: 1-0194639
Engine size: 4 cylinder
Number of cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: none
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clean
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Description for Volkswagen race car 1951

1951 VW 1957 Devin D 295 body
This is a project race car that will pay off. It comes with the original 1951 Illinois title 1959 bill of sale and all the history books stating in 1958. Latest was a story was in July 2011 Vintage racer magazine. Books records back to January Feb March 1958 three part series. The car was featured in Sports car illustrated. In a How-to feature article"Body for a beetle" I even have the original brass Devin body emblem. Car comes rolling on 1951 VW floor pan early vw wheels with 1957 vw motor and split case transmission original fiberglass body both doors deck lid and front hood. included with the sale is a running rebuilt high performance twin carburetors believed to be 2180cc motor.
This historic one-off racer from the late 50’s features Devin’s first body, paired with a VW chassis and motor. prototype?
Being the first “Devin”, only stories from the original witnesses of this car can give you the full detail on how this fun and unique car came to be. EnjoyFrom Ron Cummings, April 2016:“What makes the car historic is that it was Devin’s first attempt at building a Devin bodied VW and that the story was covered by Sports Cars Illustrated in 1958. When Rory told me he had a VW-Devin that he was going to strip for parts, I told him of a VW-Devin that I had seen (in 1955 ) at Bill Devin’s shop. The shop was in Lancaster California in those days. The car was probably a early 50’s vintage VW, of this I am not sure. It used a 295 Devin body rather than the much later Devin D body. A three part series was written about the building of the car, including, if memory serves me, the shortening of the pan. The series was published in 1958 Sports Car Illustrated and later, Car and Driver magazine. I mentioned that this car was the same that I had seen (in 1955). It was historic even though it was only raced in the LA area.I have no photos of the car but I did see it on the roads around Lancaster. I remember I saw the completed car in April 1957 because I was in the Antelope Valley for a Triple R race sports car race, at Willow Springs, the weekend I first saw the completed Special run.After reading the 1957 Sports Car Illustrated articles, Rory became convinced that his car was probably the same Devin Special.”The car is a VW pan circa 1951. The article for Sports Cars Illustrated was late 1957 but the car was on the road spring of 1957 as it was at the AAA and several other Scal and SCCA races around the L A valley area. This is confirmed by Ron who was at the races and at the Devin facility in 1956 1957. The car has a Calif 1951 VW Special Title. As far as we know the car was sold in 1959 to a G I who then drove the car till shipped home. The full story and photos here.

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