Bill Devin, a racing driver and automotive pioneer during the 1950s and 1960s, is known as 'The Enzo Ferrari of Okie Flats' due to his origins in Rocky, Oklahoma and his southern California production of stylish but inexpensive Ferrari-like fiberglass bodies for sports cars. His belt driven overhead cam conversion that hotted up anemic small displacement engines went unpatented and, subsequently, became a worldwide engine design.
He learned auto maintenance in his father's Chevrolet sales and service agency in Oklahoma and alter adapted his body designs for tiny engines to Chevy or Ford V8 powered specials that established land speed records (Joe Carboni, 191 mph, 1959), drag racing records (Dean Moon 10.49 seconds @ 144 mph, 1961), won countless road races in many forms along with a national championship (Echidna of Minnesotan John Staver, 1957), and dominated the Pikes Peak Hillclimb (Ak Miller, 6 wins from 1958 through 1966).
Anyone wanting to turn their MG or Triumph or homebuilt special into a Ferrari look-alike could do so with a Devin body that cost $295. A complete Devin SS, less power train, went for $5,950. All Devin bodies were based on an Ermini sports racer modeled on a Ferrari 750 Monza by Scaglietti from which Devin built a mold in his back yard that was sectioned such that 27 variations of width and wheelbase to fit any chassis were produced.
This example built in the United States is a 1961 Devin bodied British chassis of VIN 'S' code, a rare V8 special.