Allen, also known in Halstead, UK as Chips, had a soft spot for Model Ts, which he indulged whenever he got the chance and budget. Introduced to classics once he joined the family’s scrap metal business, he was a regular at classic car meets and events in the area. In his final year, he considered leaving his remaining cars to museums or even to family members, but he eventually decided on using them to do some good.
According to the Gazette-News, his niece handled the sale of the entire lot. It went under the hammer this week and fetched £58,000 (approximately $80,000 at the current exchange rate), well over the highest estimate. The money will go directly to charity, to local organizations like the Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, and the RSPCA.
Photos in the gallery show that at least one of the Fords was a restoration project, while every item in the collection was in need of some TLC. That doesn’t take away anything from Chips’ amazing gesture: with one final decision, he was able to hand over his cars to fellow enthusiasts who will appreciate them, and raise money for worthwhile causes.
As Charlie Sheen would say back in the day, #winning.