Body Color
Engine Size
2.0L DOHC I4
Transmission Type
5-speed manual

1957 Devin Ermini Special / Ermini Racer

Motorcar Studio is pleased to offer this 1957 Devin Ermini Special. There are few cars that make us scratch our collective heads -- sure, we get some odd stuff through the doors, have to dig around for provenance or gear ratios or authenticate block stampings, but when this absolutely gorgeous Ermini rolled in we were a bit baffled. Fortunately this car has lots of documentation and known history so we've done our best to sort it out...

Pasquale Ermini was a successful Italian race car driver and entrepreneur. Over the course of 12 years, only 37 examples of his cars were produced with varying coachwork by Scaglietti. It is rumored that he ruffled some feathers over at Ferrari by contracting with Scaglietti -- to the point that Ferrari threatened to move its business -- and because of Ermini's racing success. In 1957 production ceased due to Ermini's failing health, and he died later that year. Erminis, when they trade, often command prices north of a million dollars.

Enter Devin... Bill Devin was a successful race car driver and entrepreneur from the U.S. After racing success with some modified production cars and with Ferraris, he started working in the relatively new world of fiberglass to create bodies for existing and custom chassis with varying drivetrains. His company is probably most well known for the Devin SS which successfully competed with Ferrari on the track, but at a fraction of the price.

One of the rarer Devins was the body that we feature here. It was originally built in 1957 using a fiberglass body and Alfa Romeo engine, transmission and suspension. Devin used the Ermini owned by Jim Orr as a template to create his body. It was raced extensively in the southeast by Dan Fuller before being damaged. The car was brought back to life in the late 1980s or early 1990s -- it was reskinned in alloy bodywork more in keeping with an original Ermini over a Gilko steel tubular frame. It was campaigned extensively in the 1990s by the owner who restored it, including at the Monterey Historic Races in 1993. The following two owners were also enthusiast racers and continued to successfully campaign the car in vintage race events. After the death of an owner about 10 years ago this car was exported to Columbia where it was with a collector and accumulated about 200 miles on the track. It was imported back to the states last year in anticipation of the sale as the owner is liquidating his collection.

The beauty of this Ermini is that it is street legal and registered in Georgia as a 1957 Ermini Roadster. It was raced with a few different drivetrains but it now has an Alfa 2000cc engine installed mated to a 5-speed manual with a custom DeDion rear end with inboard drum brakes. The engine was built mainly for street / touring use and has 84mm pistons, 11:1 compression and dual Webers. The paint quality over the alloy body is very nice and the interior features period gauges and beautifully stitched upholstery. With a pedigreed race history this car could likely be campaigned once again or would turn heads at any prestigious touring event. Extensive documentation, race and service history is included.

For more information about this 1957 Devin Ermini Special for sale at Motorcar Studio in Atlanta, please call 404-692-5250.


Engine Size
2.0L DOHC I4


Body Color




Interior Color
Center Console

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