1957 Studebaker Silverhawk
This 1957 Silverhawk cost Allen over $2,000 to transport from Tennessee and get up to snuff. The investment was worth it --- in addition to everything else that she does for Flat 12 Gallery, Meg is also a journalist, and she featured it in an article for Hot Rod Deluxe magazine, which increased the value of the flame-shooting car.
As is the case with many of the cool cars that come through Allen's shop, he was tempted to keep it. He conceded that this was not an option, due to the limited amount of space that he has. "It's cool and all, but the hard thing with me is that something's always coming up," he said. "I'm not like Jay Leno. Things pile up."
1956 Chevrolet Gasser
Allen estimated that this former race car cost him $13,000, and was sold for $26,000. It took quite a bit of tender loving care, not to mention a lot of money, to restore.
"We took its original race photos and put the car back to how it originally looked," he said. "We repainted it. Someone else put in modern, after-market seats, so we had to put a lot of money into it to restore it to its original glory."
1965 Corvette "Big Block"
Allen bought this Corvette for $18,000 and it sold at an auction for $40,000. It was desirable for its race history, and its possible ties to legendary hot-rodder Dick Guldstrand, who autographed the dashboard. Allen was never able to definitively prove that it had actually been Guldstrand's car, which may have cost him thousands of dollars.
"Because it had been altered so much, he couldn't confirm that it had been his car," Allen said. "If we had the documents, the car would have been worth thousands and thousands of dollars more. It could have been a $100,000 car."
1965 Flared Fender Corvette
"This one was built back in the day for the show car circuit with added fiberglass anywhere it could," Allen said. "It had god-awful yellow flames and the motor was so obnoxious they had to cut a hole in the hood because the motor wouldn't fit."
Allen made numerous modifications to restore it, including removing extra fiberglass from the windows and adding the correct wheels for the car's vintage. He couldn't remember what he paid for it, but guessed that he paid $20,000 and sold it for $30,000. "Once I sell them, I remember the stories and the good things about it," he said, "but I don't remember the money."