Tim Allen's Private Vintage Car Collection

Tim Allen may have more cars than necessary, but no one’s mad about it. He shares his private garage containing an eclectic collection of authentic American motors with everything from a 1965 Shelby Cobra S/C to a 1933 Ford Roadster that he built on the set of Home Improvement.

Released on 7/23/2013

Credits

Starring: Tim Allen and Matt D'Andria

Transcript

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I did go to college, and then I went to prison.
00:02
So, they kind of mix the two.
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(upbeat music)
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Hi, I'm Tim Allen and I'm in my garage
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with more cars than necessary.
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I have kind of an eclectic collection.
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I like authentic American motors.
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I actually own the actual cars
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that I had in my collection as a kid.
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Hey. How'd you get in here?
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Tim. There's security.
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How are you doing? I'm doing very well.
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Thanks for inviting us over here.
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You have a great car collection.
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[Tim] Thanks.
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Let's talk about some of your cars.
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We're standing by the Cobra S/C.
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It's a little 289 with webers on it.
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Halibrand it's like made out of aluminum foil it's so light.
00:46
Yeah. But it's a wonderful car.
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Always love Cobras.
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This is fun because it's a rat rod, which I like.
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It's all patinaed, it's a 50 Cadillac Series 60
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short wheel base, it's a handful.
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It's a big old steering wheel, but it's not bad.
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I get more thumbs up on this when when I'm driving it.
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And I really do enjoy it.
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It seems like a fun car to drive.
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Like, it's gotta be, just sort of floats over the road.
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It's a bootlegger car.
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I run whiskey to Pasadena even though it's legal.
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It just feels good.
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We pay taxes on it, there's nothing against the law,
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'cause it turns out that alcohol is in fact legal.
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[Matt] This is a Ford.
01:20
And it's got a Lotus engine in it.
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It's real four-wheel drive.
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I drove this to Home Improvement set one day
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and a cop pulled me over and he goes,
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You know, that's not DOT certified.
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And I went, Really?
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He said, I could take this.
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So, I can't do anything except do this.
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We bought this on an episode of Home Improvement
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on the show in order to do continuity
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you have to build it and rebuild it.
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This was apart and together so many times.
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This has got original flathead by Motor City Flatheads.
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It's a jewel that, it's a brilliant car.
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Early American iron, love this stuff.
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409 bubble top, literally a truck motor
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in a stick-shift, I just love this whole era
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when everything was simple. This is a four-speed car.
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Yeah. That's gotta be fun.
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It's gotta be really fun to drive.
02:07
Oh yeah, this is a great car.
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This is the Transformer car.
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If you combine a '57 Porsche
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and a '71 Karmann Ghia you get this.
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So it's got a Porsche dash, Porsche seats.
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They're wider and longer than V-Dubs.
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They're different from Porsches in their dynamics
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I think they're gorgeous cars.
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Non-stop people think I'm a classy guy if I drive this.
02:27
You are a classy guy.
02:28
Oh, yeah, but women go,
02:29
You know, you must like symphonies.
02:31
Oh yeah, I do, I love the symphony and I like children.
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And this is everything classic.
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Carrera GT, unmistakably probably the hardest car to drive
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in here because this is like, it is literally a race car.
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Everything about this in a design sense is gorgeous.
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Everything Porsche did, Porsche designed, Porsche quality.
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This Porsche I love, I love it, I drove this
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pretty much for a year, like daily.
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This is a nutty Impala, this the big twin cam
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32 valve out of the old Z--
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[Matt] The ZR1.
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ZR1, I had two of these on the Home Improvement days.
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This is a terribly fast car, still a very fast car.
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Does it stop?
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Oh yeah, big brakes on it.
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I was an old street racer, I know how to drag race.
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I mean, maybe not well, but I know how to go a quarter mile
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and this thing will fry it, it is so fast.
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Tim, thank you so much, an absolute treat.
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You have such a great car collection and great stories.
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I love the ones that you designed.
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I appreciate you coming by and more than that
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I appreciate you leaving. Getting rid of me.
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No, I don't show this place to many people.
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And don't tell anybody that you saw this.
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