"D" is for Deutsche - The German Influence
("Per 1961-1963 Documents")

As a complement to the 'SS', Bill Devin envisioned a sports car of similar lines, but having a price in the neighborhood of $3000. So, coincident with the development work on the 'big' car, experiments were initiated toward building an economy model. Using many Volkswagen components in conjunction with a highly original, lightweight, simply constructed frame, the Devin 'D' became a reality.

Bob Thatcher's cut-away shows component location and the strong framework. Notice how the rear suspension is now coil-sprung, with units bolting in place of the original shock absorbers. The entire front end and steering is stock VW with column tilted at a lower angle. Devin's design actually improves chassis balance and weight reduction, which, in combination with torsion bar re-timing, account for the good handling. Basic shape of the bucket seats is molded into the body.

The highest standards were maintained, as usual in Devin production. SPORTS CAR GRAPHIC magazine reported: "The lines and exterior finish denote a 300 hp, $10,000 custom machine." And, as the same publication headlined, " 'D' stands for '
Delightful'. "
The 'D' was offered as a kit and as a complete car, but on the same custom basis as had been the rule with the 'SS' and other complete Devin automobiles. It created worldwide interest. Bids for franchises were received from hundreds of legitimate concerns around the globe, and a few manufacturing facilities were licensed abroad, but the difficulty in obtaining a clear-cut working relationship with the prime manufacturer of Volkswagen components precluded the institution of the type of semi-mass-production required.

The next step was a complete Americanization of the 'D'
-- Thus the 'C' was born.

The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot
Bill's early Ferraris
The Devin Panhards
World's 1st belt-driven OHC engine
The Roosevelt Devin
The Future ??