I am the owner of a 1955 Porsche 356 speedster (serial #80356) which was rebodied with an early Devin fiberglass body in the late fifties. I have traced the ownership backwards to George Yokoi in the mid 60’s, and Bruce Kodata in the early 60’s. Both of these folks lived in the San Francisco area. I have spoken with George but have not found Bruce. I understand that Bruce did not race the car but that the previous owner did compete with it. The car had a roll bar, racing seat belt and came with 2 engines, one being a roller crank racing engine.
There were several external features which may help distinguish this Devin Porsche from other Devins:
· Red color
· Roll hoop for driver only
· Drivers door only
· Dash pod on drivers side only
· Hump on rear engine lid to allow for the fan shroud
· The body pre-dates the Devin D which had a higher rear area to clear the fan shroud
There were a couple of other Porsche Chassis-ed Devins in the California area at the time. My car is not the Richard Boon / Motor Trend cover car (although it is very similar) and it is not the car that Clark Smith owns.
I would like to document the early history of this car. If you have information or photos you think may help please contact me.