Mysterious armored truck amongst 200+ traditional vehicles up for public sale in Texas

Dennis Collins bit off greater than he can chew. Much more.

The movie star traditional automobile restorer has a group of about 450 mission autos he has bought over time, however not sufficient time to get to all of them, so he’s placing half of them up for public sale on Saturday, April 29 in Texas.

Collins owns the Collins Bros. Jeep retailer in Wylie, Texas, and in addition hosts YouTube’s “Espresso Stroll” present, which options him trying to find outdated vehicles.

The vehicles and vans he’s promoting are in varied states of disrepair.


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Dennis Collins is promoting greater than 200 mission vehicles. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

Few are in working situation and the lot they’re in seems extra like a junkyard than a dealership, however there are many diamonds within the tough for an bold mechanic to sink their wrench into for a restoration or customized construct.

“They had been fascinating vehicles after we purchased them,” Collins advised Fox Information Digital.

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The early Sixties Chevrolet Impala is standard amongst customized automobile builders. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

They vary from extremely sought-after Sixties Chevrolet Impalas to Ford Mustangs and Pontiac Trans Ams from the Seventies.

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Lots of the vehicles are little greater than shells that can be utilized as the idea for customized builds. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

One of many extra full vehicles is a 1968 Dodge Charger that has already obtained bids over $14,000 on-line forward of the on-site public sale, however the automobile that’s arguably in the very best situation can be the oldest.

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This 1968 Dodge Charger was initially blue, however has been repainted the traditional Dodge colour Elegant. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

The 1908 Buick Mannequin 10 was the model’s best-seller that yr, and the automobile ran the final time Collins tried to start out it up. Its physique remains to be in tremendous form because of a restoration it underwent earlier than he purchased it.

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This 1908 Buick has been restored and has a practical engine. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

Essentially the most fascinating car that’s crossing the block additionally has a strong physique, however for a really totally different purpose.

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This 1948 Dodge Route Van has been transformed into an armored truck. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

It’s a 1948 Dodge Route Van that is been transformed into an armored car. Collins bought it from one other restoration store in Mt. Vernon, Texas, a couple of years in the past, and he says it’s the just one prefer it that he has ever seen.

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Dennis Collins says he has by no means seen one other armored truck that appears like this one. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

It has a number of locks on each door, a single seat within the cargo space for a guard and a number of other gun ports with bulletproof glass home windows to make use of for keeping off crooks.

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The armored Dodge has gun ports and a seat within the cargo space for a guard. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

What it doesn’t have are any markings indicating who constructed it, or what it was used for, and its possession historical past has been misplaced over time.

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The driving force’s compartment is separated from the cargo space by a bulletproof divider. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

“No matter they had been hauling was very costly,” Collins stated.

It isn’t the one car being provided that has a connection to law-breakers.

In 2007, Collins and fellow builder Richard Rawlings claimed a transcontinental Cannonball Run document by driving a Ferrari 550 with an oversize gasoline tank from New York to Redondo Seaside, California, in 31 hours and 59 minutes. They didn’t get any tickets, however broke quite a lot of pace limits and the earlier document set in 1979 by almost an hour.


Quickly after they went public with their document, they acquired a name. “I do know the place the 1979 document automobile is,” the caller stated.


This 1978 Jaguar XJS was used to win the 1979 Cannonball Rally. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

The 1978 Jaguar XKS was pushed by David Yarborough and David Heinz. Heinz owned a Jaguar dealership in Florida on the time and modified the automobile with a big marine gas tank within the trunk, radar detectors and a CB radio for the illicit occasion.

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The Jaguar’s trunk was geared up with a marine gas tank for the cross-country race, but it surely was eliminated afterward. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

After it returned to the Sunshine State, the automobile was returned to its authentic situation and offered as used with dashboard plaques commemorating its feat.

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The Jaguar’s dashboard options plaques commemorating its Cannonball Run historical past. (VanDerBrink Auctions)

In the present day, it’s worn and just a little rusty, however in good condition for a restoration.

“This was the primary Cannonball Run winner that was offered by its driver, they normally preserve them,” Collins stated.


Last bids for Jaguar, van and all relaxation will likely be accepted on the VanDerBrink Auctions occasion in Nevada, Texas, beginning at 9:30 a.m. native time on Saturday.

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