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Lot 121

1962 Devin-MGA Supercharged Roadster

Sold for $55,000


Est. 110 bhp, 1,622 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, Judson supercharger, four-speed manual gearbox. Wheelbase: 94"

- From a prominent private collection
- Equipped with period speed parts including a Judson head and supercharger
- Ex-Gene Ponder Collection

While the sleek, envelope-bodied MGA ushered in a new era at MG and culminated in the 1,600 cc Twin Cam of 1958-1960, many die-hard MG enthusiasts wanted still more performance. A popular modification was the addition of a Judson supercharger, which easily increased the output of the standard MGA to over 100 bhp. Replacement of the steel body with an aftermarket fiberglass unit was also relatively common in the late 1950s/early 1960s on both sides of the Atlantic. At the time, the most established manufacturer of such bodies in the US was Devin Enterprises of El Monte, California, operated by Bill Devin.

The Devin-bodied 1962 MGA Mk II offered here is typical of the high-performance “specials” built by enthusiasts during the era. Its MGA 1,622 cc engine is fitted with a Judson cylinder head and a vane-type supercharger. It is finished in Ferrari red and mounted on an MGA DeLuxe chassis, and we understand that when the body was first found, it was remarkably original and clearly had never been on another car, as it retained all the originally applied shipping tags.

A restoration was commissioned, with virtually every nut and bolt replaced during the process and approximately $65,000 invested. The Devin-MGA formed part of the Gene Ponder Collection until 2007, at which point it joined a prominent private collection. It has logged few, if any, miles since then. The very well-detailed engine appears new, as does the red leather interior featuring rebuilt MGA competition seats, full carpeting, an engine-turned aluminum dash with a full set of Smiths gauges and a wooden aftermarket steering wheel.

Other features include a period-style Plexiglas windscreen, a quick-release gas cap, special engine cooling vents and 72-spoke chrome wire wheels. Following restoration, the Devin-MGA was thoroughly shaken down for nearly 100 miles prior to the installation of its speedometer. Properly stored and little used since it was last sold, this Devin-bodied MGA is a sprightly and very nimble sports car.

Addendum

Please note there were in fact only 712 fiberglass 308 GTBs built, of which only 100 were made for the U.S. market. Unlike so many other 308 GTBs, this car is one of the few examples whose fiberglass body has not been irreparably altered by the effects of sanding and repainting. To the true collector, its appeal lies in its originality.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more