“What makes the car historic is that it was Devin’s first attempt at building a Devin bodied VW and that the story was covered by Sports Cars Illustrated in 1958. When Rory told me he had a VW-Devin that he was going to strip for parts, I told him of a VW-Devin that I had seen (in 1955 ) at Bill Devin’s shop. The shop was in Lancaster California in those days. The car was probably a early 50’s vintage VW, of this I am not sure. It used a 295 Devin body rather than the much later Devin D body. A two or three part series was written about the building of the car, including, if memory serves me, the shortening of the pan. The series was published in 1957 Sports Car Illustrated and later, Car and Driver magazine. I mentioned that this car was the same that I had seen (in 1955). It was historic even though it was only raced in the LA area.
I have no photos of the car but I did see it on the roads around Lancaster. I remember I saw the completed car in April 1957 because I was in the Antelope Valley for a Triple R race sports car race, at Willow Springs, the weekend I first saw the completed Special run.
The problem is that to get performance from the 36 HP motor you will need to locate period piece hot rod parts. They are around but will take some research.
After reading the 1957 Sports Car Illustrated articles, Rory became convinced that his car was probably the same Devin Special.”