Tammy Allen's car collection to auction at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-07-06 14:14:17

Barrett-Jackson is set to sell the entire classic car collection of Tammy Allen, founder of the Allen Unique Autos museum in Colorado.

The eclectic collection of more than 80 vehicles will cross the block later this year as part of the company's 9th annual Las Vegas sale.

The museum's collection spans almost a century of automotive design, and features everything from early 20th century prototypes to modern-day supercars, celebrity-owned vehicles, unique custom creations and even a 1960s ice-cream truck.

Allen's passion for cars began as a child, and in 1984 she acquired her first collector car, a cherry red 1960 Jaguar. Having built her collection over the course of three decades, in 2010 she opened the Allen Unique Autos museum in Grand Junction, Colorado to give it a permanent home and present it to the public.

The 1950 Mercury

The 1950 Mercury 'Wasabi' custom

Following the tragic death of her son in 2015, Allen has decided to switch her focus and place her collection up for sale, so that new custodians can enjoy the "rolling works of art" as much as she has.

Barrett-Jackson offered a glimpse of the collection at the recent Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun, where a few select vehicles were on display prior to their sale in the Fall.
Highlights included a 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible and a 1962 Jaguar XK-E 3.8 S1.

Standout customs from the collection include Wasabi, a 1950 Mercury created by the 'Sultan of Chop' Dick Dean over the course of a 2,000-hour restoration in 2005; and Black Bart, a bullet-nosed 1947 Studebaker Champion Starlight custom coupe built by Tony Carlini as a 4-wheeled version of his celebrated custom motorcycles.

1954 Kaiser Darrin Sports Roadster

1954 Kaiser Darrin Sports Roadster

A particularly unusual example is the 1954 Kaiser Darrin Sports Roadster, the first fiberglass sports car ever built in America. With only 453 cars ever produced, the Darrin included unique sliding doors, a feature never used any production car before or since.

"I’m honored to assist Tammy with her collection," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "She’s been a part of the Barrett-Jackson family for many years. Her collection encompasses many highly desirable vehicles that will be favorites amongst the many bidders in attendance at our 9th Annual Las Vegas Auction."

The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 13015, 2016.

(Images courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)

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