1959 Devin SS Chevrolet - factory prototype

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1959 Devin SS Chevrolet - factory prototype


Well known racer and engineer, Bill Devin's model SS, or Super Sport, began production in 1957 - his thirst for powerful race cars having stemmed from racing many great 1950s Ferraris. The SS featured an imported chassis, powered by small-block Chevrolet engines, with four-wheel disc brakes and a purpose-built fiberglass body. With an overall weight of less than 2,000 lbs, the cars were nimble and very fast, and were soon winning competitively all over the USA.

This example, chassis number DSS-001, is the prototype of the 'Second Design' American chassis SS cars. It was built in the autumn of 1959 and used as a factory demonstrator and motor show car. According to Devin's serial number registry book, only two more of these second generation cars were built before production ended for good, making this an extremely rare sports car. Originally supplied to a New Yorker named Mr Anderson, chassis 001 subsequently passed to Terry Stokes in 1969 - amazingly it was his high school graduation gift and cost his father $500. Stokes maintained the car himself and in the 1970s began campaigning the car in the US vintage racing circuit, competing at Riverside, Terminal Island, Willow Springs, and a few of the early Monterey Historic Automobile Races. After vintage racing, Stokes would show the car at various concours, while continuing to use it as a regular driver.

In 1995 Stokes subsequently sold the car back to the great Bill Devin of Devin Enterprises. The following year, Devin sold the SS to Steve Young. Young commissioned Southern California restorer and Devin expert Chris Wickersham to prepare the car for West Coast racing. Over the next few years, Young campaigned the car at various vintage races, until 2003, when the car was sold again and campaigned in US vintage events, including the Wine Country Classic and Monterey Historics. In August of 2003, the car was shown at the inaugural 'The Quail' concours in Carmel Valley, California, where it won its class, 'Post War Racing.'

Currently, the car is powered by a period Chevrolet V8 pushing out around 400 horsepower, and would make a fantastic basis for a Stirling Moss or Sussex Trophy Revival entry. Economical to run and potent, chassis 001 continues the original philosophy of the company dating back to 1955 - 'bang for buck!'