Tammy Allen's classic car collection
Tammy Allen is an American businesswoman and classic car collector, best known in collecting circles for her love of American muscle cars and growing presence at high-end car auctions in 2009 and 2010, along with other high-level US collectors including Jay Leno.
Recent business ventures
Most recently, Ms Allen set up two business ventures located in Colorado, US. The first is Allen Unique Autos, a rental business offering unique and classic cars and the Allen Unique Autos Museum which showcases her extensive collection.
Previously Ms Allen worked on the board of the VECO Corporation, an Alaska-based oil pipeline service, until its sale to CH2M HILL in 2007. VECO is credited with lessening the damage of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Her father is William J. "Bill" Allen, co-founder and former CEO of VECO, who is himself a noted car collector.
Notable auction buys
Tammy Allen’s most notable purchase in recent times was of the No 5 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Mustang. She bought the car for $352,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction in October 2009.
The car is named after Lee Iacocca, the so-called "Father of the Mustang," who returned to the company to build the limited edition car himself. Only 45 examples were ever made, contributing to the car’s market value.
While her father, Bill Allen, was known for his love of classic Shelby automobiles, Tammy Allen is understood to favour Dodge Vipers.
Here notable purchases of the marque include a Viper GEN II RT10, bought for $75,900 and a Viper 96 GTS for $55,000 (both prices including commission).
Tammy Allen's collection totals over 100 classic cars, including:
- 1937 Ford Custom Wildrod pickup
- 1968 Camaro SS
- 1938 Cadillac convertible
- 1931 Ford pickup
Car hire business and museum
Car enthusiasts will be delighted to know that many of the cars in Tammy Allen's collection can be rented through her car hire business Allen Unique Autos, based in Grand Junction, Colorado, which offers 100 classic automobiles.
These include a 2009 hot pink stretch Mini Cooper limousine (with a bathtub in the rear), two 1954 Kaiser Darrin roadsters, a 1913 Ford Model T and a 2009 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang famously bought by Allen and autographed by Lee Iacocca, the Chrysler impresario.
In a 2011 interview with the auto art website Stingrays Studios, Allen states that she also plans to open a car museum on the site by September 2011, which could one day become a venue where collectors buy and sell cars and may even eventually boast an events center for wedding receptions and similar events.
Tammy's taste in vehicles and interest in cars has landed her on two different television shows on the Speed Channel network.
The first is a Barrett-Jackson documentary about the auction house and her purchases.
The other show is called “My Classic Car,” hosted by Dennis Gage, which will air in 2011.