The DEVIN "C"
"C" is for Corvair - The American Influence
("Per 1961-1963 Documents")

 We now come to the DEVIN, formerly called the Devin 'C' (for Corvair-powered.) It is an outgrowth of the 'D' in styling and engineering, but considerably advanced and infinitely more practical for production. A total of more than 150 'C' and 'D' types have been built and sold, and each has been used as a means to perfection of design and tooling. Tiny changes from unit to unit have been made until a point of stabilization has been reached. The present car can be manufactured without change for an estimated two years before alterations would be necessary to induce continued sales. However, it is quite feasible to announce a new model within one year without disrupting production and at little cost.
"Production" is the key word. All DEVINS made to this point have been constructed in a fashion that can only be termed 'handmade'. More important, so far as cost is concerned, the parts are 'hand-bought'. "If it were possible to buy and build in quantities of as little as 100 units at a time, the DEVIN can be produced for half of its present cost," says Bill Devin, and he has the figures to back his statement. A large part of the reason for the low cost is inherent in the use of fiberglass as body material.
An extremely light but rugged sports roadster using the popular Chevrolet Corvair six cylinder engine and power train, the Devin C goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 150 mph. As tested by expert race drivers and automotive authorities, the C has been praised for its superb handling and all-weather comfort. Below are graphs that chart the performance of the top 4 racing contenders against the Devin-C. These graphs are a reprint from various auto magazines.
The "C" is about the same overall size as an MGB or a Porsche. It is actually a couple of inches shorter and wheelbase is considerably less than the MG (82 in. vs. 91 in.) However, the Devin at 1400 pounds is 500 lbs. lighter than either, reflecting the use of fiberglass and light alloys. In Handling, Devin's roadster is more akin to the Porsche than anything else and our Motor Sports Illustrated test car proved to be outstanding in this department. Some five years of experimenting with this design have allowed a genuine refinement of this often somewhat troublesome aspect of performance and the "C" has nearly-impeccable road manners.

Bill Devin received a letter from Don Wilcox dated Dec. 18, 1964 which give testomony to the Devin C. Here is a copy of that communication and the information Don attached with the letter.....


Dear Bill,

It's been just one year this month that I have owned my
Devin, and it has been a lot of fun! The last Championship Slalom
was enought to sew up the Modified Class Championship for this year,
even with missing two events this summer.

It took me about three events to get used to the car, get
tires on it, and sort out a few problems. The car had been through
a couple of owners who didn't take very good care of it. The events
I have run since the wreck have been strictly on handling, since the
engine is gone. Still, the record for the year is pretty good; 24 events
with 22 first in class and 14 times F.T.D. (Fastest Time of the Day.)

It looks like next year will be a different story. The
courses are getting more open, the fields are getting bigger
(300 entries is common now,) and my 1961 engine is just not strong
enough to keep up with the Cobras. The car handles perfectly, and
I can go into the turns deeper now since you changed the brakes
but, I just can't get down the straights at a competitive speed.
The car has everything, short wheelbase, light weight, fine
handling and tremendous traction. It just needs plain old horsepower.

I think that with the four carb, big valve 1965 engine,
this car would be unbeatable at our Slalom type of events - except
for driver error. There is always hope. I'm saving my
pennies and maybe by the middle of the season I'll be able to go
through my engine and get it up to a competitive horsepower rating.

Thanks again for building such a fine machine!
Don Wilcox.

P.S.
I have enclosed the results of a few of the events that I ran.

Grand Prix VII by: RAN SCC 1964 - Total Entries= 314
Cars Type Fastest in Secs.
8 Cobras 88.264
40 Corvettes 85.603
14 Healeys 90.597
25 Triumphs 87.789
34 MG's 89.258
26 Porsches 86.569
15 Lotus' 86.463
Wilcox Devin C 85.174 F.T.D.


Carrera I at Chavez Ravine 1964 - Total Entries= 298
Cars Type Fastest in Secs.
8 Cobras 53.18
18 Stingrays 53.42
15 Corvettes 54.04
9 Jaguars 54.77
14 Healeys 54.49
17 MGBs 52.99
26 Triumphs 53.03
12 Lotus' 51.84
46 Porsches' 52.42
Wilcox Devin C 51.70 F.T.D.


Slolom of the Pacific IX 1964 - Total Entries= 210
Cars Type Fastest in Secs.
14 Stingrays 73.818
4 Jaguars 76.242
7 Healeys 74.151
22 MGBs 75.684
9 Lotus' 73.423
18 Porsches' 74.785
Wilcox Devin C 71.460 F.T.D.


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