Awesome Special race car 1957 Devin Special
I love these and intent to own one some day, (Specials) were awesome often home built race cars that could hold their own against many of the production cars of the day. I could see this car racing around Pebble beach back in the day. Excellent.
Hello, and thank you for checking out our auction for this spectacular 1957 Devin Special, built using a 1954 Triumph TR2 chassis. This Devin can be enjoyed on the track, and is currently registered for street use.
Finished in Red, with a Yellow stripe, and trimmed with a Dark Blue interior. Raced early in it’s career, then stored for a long time. This Devin has been been carefully refreshed in 2006, and has been exhibited at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance and the Glenmoor Gathering, with an award at Glenmoor. Raced at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta SVRA races including the Pittsburgh VSCCA street race. 3 class wins and one second place. Finished 6th overall in sports racers combined with formula juniors at the Pittsburgh street race.
1953 July – Body made
1954 August – TR2 Chassis fitted; painted white. California owner
1957 Raced in California then in race near Daytona; placed 7th
1959 Sold to NY owner who installed white seats, red carpets. Stored 5-6 years
1968 Sold to Virginia man who drove it for two years; then put into storage two years
1974 Sold to Daytona Beach man, who installed 1964 TR4 engine and painted BRG
1975 Removed wire wheels & installed 13” chrome rims; rewired; rebuilt TR4 engine
1976 Weldon O. Watkins purchased from Orlando man & begin rebuilding – Vintage & Sports Ltd. Box 101, Belle Glade, FL 33430
1978 May 6th: Alan Minick purchased
1978-1997 Stored in garage
1997-1998 Rebuild completed in January incl. race prepped TR3 motor; covered 1,600 miles.
2000 Robert A. Colaizzi III purchased in April. Extensive restoration and race preparation, over $60,000 in
2004 December: Casey Putsch purchased. Tiffin, OH. Race prep at NJB Automotive, Westerville OH
2005 May: autocross on OSU campus. June: SVRA Mid-Ohio, 11th in Group 4, 1st in Class. July: VSCCA Pittsburgh VGP, 6th OA. Sept. SVRA Log Book 003673 issued Watkins Glen, 11th in Group 4, 1st in Class. Oct. SVRA Road Atlanta, 1oth in Group 4, 1st in Class.
2006 Meadowbrook; SVRA Mid-Ohio, 1st in Class DM; Glenmoore Gathering, “Award of Distinction”
2007 William Herbert purchased.
Logbook: SVRA 003673
Engine Builder: John Kuhar
Type: 4 cyl pushrod
Induction: 2- 1.75 inch SU’s
Connecting Rods: Saenz
Valve Train: roller rockers
Pressure Plate: LUK
3 quart accusump
Capacity: 12 gallons
Fuel Pump: electic
Fuel Type: 110+ for racing or 94 for street with less timing
Water Pump: Triumph
Oil Cooler: wet jacket
Oil Cooler Location: remote oil filter
Type: all syncromesh
Gears: 4 Speed
Axles: new machined
Type: TR2 Chassis
Front Suspension: TR2 upper and lower a-arms, adjustable dampners
Rear Suspension: TR2 lever dampners/leaf springs
Brakes: Disk front drum rear
Steering: Rack and pinion
Wheels: 72 spoke Dayton wires with forged hub
Tires: Dunlop racing
Material: italian leather
Fire System: on board aquias foam and handheld halon
Restraints: 6 point
Guages: Jaeger tach and speedo, SW otherwise
Steering Wheel: Wood