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Hemmings Find of the Day: 1965 Devin Special

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Documented 1965 Devin Special for sale on From the seller’s description:

A spectacular pairing of European design and American grunt, this Devin roadster is offered for sale by its original owner (and builder) for the first time in its nearly 60 year history. Originally purchased as a body kit in 1963, this car’s first incarnation was as an Oldsmobile-powered drag racer through 1965. At the time, its young owner needed transportation to and from college, so it became a street car and served him for many years through the ’70s. By 1982 the Devin was re-imagined yet again, and entered a career in SCCA with a Chevy V8, including events at Bridgehampton and Lime Rock.

After years of fun on and off track the car received a comprehensive restoration in 2013 along with a VSCCA logbook. It is now offered as a turn-key and road-legal vintage racer, beautifully built and showing evidence of very little use since. A professional re-working of the fenders and the addition of a dorsal fairing complement the flowing ’60s lines of the body, while a high-quality repaint by Scott Quail in Ferrari’s Rosso Corsa further accentuates its form. Additionally, a new rollbar was installed at the same time, featuring both shoulder and side impact protection for driver and passenger. For road use, fetching Dayton wire wheels look fantastic, while a set of aluminum American Racing rims are included for the track. Inside, aluminum Kirkey full-back seats are provided for both driver and passenger, facing a tidy dash with SW gauges and an iconic Hurst shifter.

Under the hood, a very impressive Chevrolet V8 racing motor powers this lighweight Devin. Originally a 327, the now-331 4-bolt block was fully built by Gaerte Engines in Rochester, Indiana. Featuring uprated internals and ex-AJ Foyt NASCAR heads, it is currently spec’d to 10.5:1 compression, though it has been as high as 12.5:1 before. With its Holly 650 CFM carb and dual side exhausts the sound is truly earth-shaking, while an Afco aluminum radiator and electric fan keep it all cool and electronic ignition makes for easy starting and reliable running. Attached to the mighty Chevy a Super T10 four speed with a 3 disc Quarter Master racing clutch and Hurst shifter further enhance the drive, with heavy, short throws and a suitably aggressive clutch engagement point.

Out back, the original Jag XKE rear end completes the drivetrain, featuring a 4:11 Positraction diff. The custom racing suspension includes Afco coilovers along with front and rear swaybars, providing excellent body control and handling, while an adjustable rack and pinion steering assembly helps optimize the setup for track use. When it’s time to stop, Wilwood brakes are more than up to the job, and feature inboard rears, a bias adjustment on the dash, and Coleman pedals.

Available immediately on a NY transferable registration

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Buchanan, New York
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