When it comes to investing money in the heaps of motorized metal, Dennis Collins is a clear winner. He has piled up his fortune with several pioneering ventures. Further, he has made a name for himself as an investor in vintage automobiles. Other than that, he is widely known as the friend of Gas Monkey Garage owner, Richard Rawlings and for his guest appearances in the hit reality show, Fast N’ Loud.
More or less, car enthusiasts do know about Dennis, but there is a lot more to uncover about him. So, we are here with five fascinating facts about Dennis Collins.
Collins Bros Jeep Founder
In 1984, Dennis founded the company, Collins Bros Jeep. Since then, the company has been working on restoration, refurbishing and even customization. More specifically they work on Jeeps and Wranglers. He expanded his business and established another company, Black Mountain, in 2007 which delivers parts for Jeeps and Wranglers. Currently, he is busy managing his successful businesses.
1958 Austin-Healey won Best Restored Car at the Kuwait Concours
It is not a surprise that Dennis has a taste for really rare cars. He practically lives at the auction houses. Which makes the story of his award for 1958 Austin-Healey really interesting.
During an interview with Hooniverse, he shared, “I chased this car for over 25 years.” That’s a long time; we have to say. But it was not something easy to grab. He literally reached out to the owners each year until they retired and he was finally able to negotiate a deal.
After a makeover from top to bottom, the car became a total beauty, which earned him the award, the Kuwait Concours d'Elegance. His hard work and patience really did pay him well. Even his longtime friend, Richard Rawlings gave him a shout out on Facebook for his win.
His collection of the vintage cars is genuinely applaudable. He has collected and sold so much Healeys that he stopped counting. Literally! He stopped counting when it reached 500. During an interview, he shared,
When it got to the point where I documented owning 500 of them I just stopped counting.
A true automobile connoisseur.
Hell Ya’ to Auction
When you are Dennis Collins, a lot of cars come and go. But, there are still some which you remember until your last breath. For Dennis, it was the most expensive Mustang in the world, the Super Boss.
It was not just the monetary value, but its significance as it was a rare one. The car toured Vietnam while the war was still going on. He sold the car at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $116,000. However, he now feels, he should’ve hung on to it.
Avid Nash-Healey Fanatic
Dennis is a total chronicler when it comes to sportscars. As Nash-Healey cars and products are considered quite expensive and precious throughout the automotive industry, we cannot imagine a person holding a lot of it. But, it’s Dennis who, at one point in time or another, had over 200 different Nash-Healey vehicles. And that’s surprising considering the fact of how rare they actually are. Out of all these, a 100-6 two-seater named Goldie is one of Dennis’ most special restoration.
So, what do you think about Dennis' fascinating collection and all? Mention in the comment section below.
|Birthday||January 28, 1965|
|Age||53 Years Old|
|Best Known For||Fast N' Loud|
|Net Worth (USD)||$ 30,000,000 - Thirty Million US Dollars|