Anthony sent me the photos
& info below. Can anyone help him identify his car?
|"The car is described
as a 1958 Devin. It has an MGA engine and transmission, but components
of the front suspension are fabricated, as well as the entire rear suspension
upper and lower a arms, the rear spindles, and the rear end. It has
an entirely fabricated very light guage tubular frame that looks almost
like a type 61 birdcage chassis."
|"The frame has a truss
type of center section, with inner and outer thin aluminum panels to form
the floor boards, and a complete belly pan. The fuel tank is fabricated
from thin wall aluminum, as well as the surge tank up front. The
rear of the car is particularly interesting, in that the suspension setup
looks very sophisticated for its day. It has a leading and trailing
arm supporting the drive and braking loads, with a transverse leaf and
lower a arms that protrude beneath the belly pan for lateral loads.
The rear end looks to have been modified from a solid axle center section
with bearing plates bolted to the sides, but I could be wrong about this."
||"After partially sanding
the car, it appears to have been originally painted a goldy bronze color,
with three white racing stripes down the sides. They start off narrower
at the front, and gradually get wider as they extend to the rear fender
opening. The center stripe grows to almost 9 or 10 inches as it reaches
the fender opening. The car has rear flares, but they seem to have
been added later, since there is no gold color on them. The car seems
to have been painted yellow after that, and then finally green before it
was primered and parked. It was last registered in California, and
the tag was last current in 1979."
Basil Roode's Matra
"My name is Anthony Kalil,
and I have found an old Devin race car and I need to trace its history.
My brother Sean Kalil wrote you about a year ago about a car that he found
in a barn, and he said you helped him successfully trace it back to John
Sabel. Everybody seems to tell me similar good things about your
archive on vintage sports racing cars, so I hope my car has a real history
to be found.
It has sat in storage
for about 20 years, and was last owned by Alex Quattlebaum Sr., who owns
3 Devin SS's. I would imagine that he might know a great deal about
it, but he said he just bought it, and stored it, and didn't remember who
he got it from. Hopefully, the pictures, or the description, or even
the fabrication will shed some light on this car.
I would appreciate any
information that you might have, or any leads that you may know of."
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