Tim Allen, star of "Home Improvement" and everyone’s favorite TV dad, owns one of the more eclectic car collections in Hollywood. The comedian’s unique line-up combines authentic American motors and truly one-of-a-kind modified machines. Over the years, the former Tool Man has gained a reputation for his need for speed, repeatedly challenging fellow gearhead Jay Leno to public drag races and burn-out competitions. Today, the actor describes his collection as all the cars he played with as a child- although he never got the tank he always wanted. Apparently, the local authorities won’t let him drive one.
Intrigued? We thought so. Here is our list of Tim Allen’s most unique and interesting cars.
#11. 1965 Shelby Cobra S/C
Estimated Value: $1,500,000
This one is a gorgeous classic Anglo-American sports car, and one of the most valuable Cobras around. The car’s S/C designation stands for Semi-Competition, and Allen owns one of only 31 models that were modified for street use. According to the actor, the racer’s Ford V8 engine and super light frame make this machine an absolute joy to drive.
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#10. 1996 Chevrolet Impala
Estimated Value: "Worth one pretty penny" –StreetMuscleMag.com
The Chevy Impala is one of the most recognizable cars in America, thanks to its widespread use as a police and family sedan in the early 90s. The original four door ’96 model sold for $25,495, and was already a true muscle car in its time, packing a powerful LT1 V-8, 260 HP engine. But Allen’s car is one-of-a-kind: it was custom-built and finished by GM just for him, and is fitted with an LT5 Corvette engine that delivers 446 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque. This may be the ultimate Dad Car of all time.
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#9. 1950 Cadillac Series 60
Estimated Value: $19,100-$30,900
The comedian’s favorite Rat Rod is meant to be driven, not shown, he told GQ. And don’t be fooled by the Caddy’s impressive size- the 5.42 L Cadillac OHV V8 engine produces 160 horsepower, and can take the car from 0 to 60 in less than 12 seconds. This beautiful and capable sedan was beloved by many, including Elvis Presley, who immortalized his pink love boat in his first Billboard Country Music hit, “Baby, Let’s Play House.”
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#8. 1933 Ford Roadster
Estimated Value: $78,000 (unmodified)
Ford’s 1933 Roadster is another classic-turned-badass ride in Mr. Allen’s collection. He built this one from the ground up on the set of "Home Improvement," and swapped in a 350 Chevy engine and a custom grill. With this pedigree, the car has so much monetary and sentimental value that we can’t see the actor parting with it anytime soon.
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#7. 1986 Ford RS200
Estimated Value: $159,000-$539,000
A truly tough, all-wheel drive Group B rally race car, the original Ford RS200 was a mash-up of a plastic/fiberglass body design by Ghia, a chassis developed by two former F1 designers, windscreen and taillights from the Ford Sierra, and cut down Sierra doors. Only 200 were ever produced, and the RS200’s turbocharged Cosworth/Ford engine sped the racer to the record for fastest-accelerating car in the world, able to go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds flat, according to Supercars.net.
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#6. 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Estimated Value: $11,500-$15,000
The product of another superb combined effort, the VW Karmann Ghia was designed and hand-built by Italian and German coachbuilders Ghia and Karmann, and has a Porsche dash and seats on a Beetle chassis. This isn’t the fastest car, but is considered one of the most beautifully designed products in the world, and was the most imported car in the U.S. in its day.
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#5. 1971 Chevrolet Nova
Estimated Value: $24,000 (unmodified)
This badass classic American compact gets a lot of attention on the road. In fact, Tim Allen saw a dude driving the car, and offered to buy it on the spot, says GQ. The original ’71 Nova SS had a 350 L-48 engine that put out a formidable 300 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque.
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#4. 1993 Saleen Mustang
Estimated Value: $85,000
A one-off modified Mustang, this true race car has a supercharged 576 horsepower-producing engine, custom hood, Thunderbird headlights, and custom rear fascia, says StangTV. The comedian drove this Mustang in his first public showdown with Jay Leno back in the ‘90s, facing the talk show host’s “slightly modified” Buick Regal and its turbocharged V6 engine in a public burnout contest. The results: 159 feet by Tim Allen to 88 feet by Jay Leno.
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#3. 1955 Ford Coupe
Estimated Value: $100,000+
Allen’s Ford Fairlane has been fully modified inside and out with a supercharged Ford Racing Ford GT V-8 engine capable of more than 650 horsepower, ’55 Thunderbird dash and steering wheel, custom Thunderbird-styled hood scope, and countless other details according to Hotrod.com. In another televised showdown, he raced this bad boy against Leno’s upgraded 800 horsepower Toyota Camry.
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#2. 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup
Estimated Value: $45,000-$60,000+
Like many others in the comedian’s eclectic line-up, this Ford truck is not what it seems. With a chopped top, injected Chrysler 426 Hemi engine that puts out 1,100 horsepower, and smooth, blue Mercedes leather wrapped bench seats and door panels, this ride exhibits custom design at its best. Allen says the engine’s roar sets off building alarms down the street.
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#1. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 427
Estimated Value: $65,000-$100,000+
By now you're aware that With Tim Allen’s collection, what you see is not necessarily what you get. This muscle car looks like a ’68 Camaro, but was seriously upgraded with a cut down hood, a 427 Corvette truck engine that required replacing the chassis, and custom 17” rally wheels. Allen went on Jay Leno’s Garage to show it off, and the unique design and loving attention to detail absolutely knocked Leno’s socks off.
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