Okie’s Enzo: ’57 Devin “Gary Special”
Bill Devin was born in Rocky, Oklahoma in 1915. One of the great automotive journalists, Henry Manney describes Devin in the July, 1961 Car and Driver as “The Enzo Ferrari of Okie Flats.” Devin was a kit-car manufacturer. But unlike many others that attempted to create a car that would make a mark in history, Devin actually did. Indeed Devin progressed a long way from the sands of Oklahoma to a prominent place in the sports car movement and the automotive industry of the Fifties and Sixties. The racer we feature here is called the “Gary Special” and was race purpose-built on a modified Triumph chassis at the Devin, El Monte, CA location with the assistance of James Gary, Esq.
The car was entered in the 1957 Concours d’Elegance and participated in several California races in 1957. Recently restored, the engine is a race built Buick 215 alloy V-8 running 10:1 compression, aluminum radiator, Edelbrock carburetor, Offenhauser intake and valve covers running to an aluminum T-10 4 speed manual transmission with a hydraulic clutch. It goes on and on. So with these credentials, we know it is a competent racer. But with ours eyes, we can say it is a perfect expression of a sixties sports car. It just looks beautiful and from our distant perspective, it appears wonderfully detailed to boot. Now what about valuation. We go to Hagerty or Sports Car Market for a pulse on the marketplace but there is isn’t anything under D that comes to our aid. At the RM Auction last year, a honking 400hp Devin with great documentation had a high bid of $200,000. An Alfa 750 powered Devin recently sold for $105,000. So each one is unique primarily dictated by provenance. If you like this one, you can’t really lose. See it here on eBay.