When it was first shown to the public in 2009 the Devon GTX was billed as “The Next Great American Supercar.” The company did have some solid reasoning behind the claim – the car was capable of over 200 mph and it set an unofficial lap record at California’s Willow Springs Raceway.
Unfortunately the timing of the GTX’s release, right into the midst of the Great Recession, left it unlikely to succeed given the proposed $500,000 – $525,000 USD MSRP, and the company was closed shortly thereafter.
Fast Facts – The Devon GTX
- The Devon GTX was developed by Scott Devon and his team in 2008, with a release in 2009.
- The car uses many elements from the Dodge Viper, including the 8.4 liter V10 engine and basic inner frame structure.
- The GTX was designed by Daniel Paulin, it uses a one-piece carbon fiber superstructure, carbon fiber body panels, and cast aluminum unequal-length wishbones front and rear with coil-over shock absorbers.
- The top speed was claimed to be over 200 mph, thanks in no small part to the tuned Viper V10 producing 650 bhp.
Building America’s Next Great Supercar
Small-volume automakers, like TVR, Noble, Factory 5, Ultima, and Ariel often produce cars with designs that set them apart, and would likely never make it into production with a large-scale manufacturer.
Devon was an American automaker that certainly fits into that mould, no one who has ever seen a GTX has forgotten it, and it would be impossible to mistake the car for a vehicle by any other manufacturer.
Using the basic frame and engine from the Dodge Viper, the Devon GTX had just about every other part custom built specifically for it.
A new body was designed by Art Center in Pasedena graduate and former Ford of Europe stylist Daniel Paulin, with some minor modifications made after wind tunnel tests conducted by Dr Joseph Katz – San Diego State University’s chairman of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.
Devon GTX – Specifications
The body and much of the superstructure is made from carbon fiber to keep weight as low as possible while not compromising on strength. The 8.4 liter V10 was tuned to produce 650 bhp ay 6,100 rpm, up from the original output of ~600 bhp.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission into a limited slip differential, and from there out to the rear wheels. Braking is taken care of with discs front and back, including 15 inch rotors up front with 6-piston calipers from StopTech.
The GTX rides on forged center-lock alloy wheels, with 18 inch wheels up front and 19 inch wheels in the rear. The cars were planned to have active damping and ride height adjustment however these developments never saw the light of day.
The interior was well appointed for the time, with touch-sensitive switchgear, LCD instrumentation. McIntosh audio system with AM/FM/CD, power-steering, air-conditioning, and ample use of carbon fiber.
No official top speed was ever recorded for the GTX, however the company claimed it was capable of over 200 mph – the spec sheet shows nothing that would dispute this.
End Of The Road
When Dodge announced that 2010 would be the end of the road for the fourth generation Viper, Devon Motorworks had tried to buy the Viper platform. It was put up for open bidding, though Devon was the only bidder the amount was under the $10 million reserve and thus was not accepted by Chrysler.
This combination of the Great Recession and the end of the line for the platform that the Devon GTX was based on was the death knell for the car, and the company ceased operations soon after with just two cars completed.
The Devon GTX Shown Here
The car you see here is one of the two that were built, both essentially pre-production prototypes.
Remarkably this one just popped up for sale on eBay a few days ago with an asking price of $250,000 USD, while that’s not cheap it’s considerably less than the $500,000 – $525,000 USD they were originally going to sell for.
This car sold at auction with Barrett-Jackson for $220,000 USD in 2012, and this appears to be the first time it has been sold since.
The seller explains that the car is listed as a 1980 model due to the unique VIN used on the car, it has the mileage listed at 10,000 and he mentions it’s been used on several road/tour rallies and has won a number of best in show awards.
The car is for sale out of Dunedin, Florida. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.
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