Witness Dennis Collins concluding 2022 with Shelby Mustangs and a BMW M1

Dennis Collins, automotive YouTuberDennis Collins, automotive YouTuber, uses his last video of 2022 to answer questions about his many epic car rescues and restoration activities. The almost hour-long episode gave viewers an opportunity to drill into the details of Collins’ weekly outings in search of classic cars and other memorable rides.

It’s a conversation that includes the numerous Ford Shelby Mustang finds that Collins featured in many YouTube videos this year, dubbing 2022 as the “Year of the Shelby.” Also participating in the presentation are the other people who help Collins with the episode production and vehicle retrieval.

Learning About Restoring A BMW M1 Classic Sports Car

Collins said that he receives frequent questions about the BMW M1 sports car he rescued more than two years ago. It’s a vehicle almost at the final stage of restoration; Collins reports completed work totals about 95% of what’s needed, but he stopped keeping track of the project after the effort reached 2,700 hours.

He promises “the nicest M1 in existence” once the restoration gets done, which should be sometime in 2023. Collins described the excruciating detail that the project involves, including recreating original stickers.

A Memorable And Rare Classic Car Rescue For Dennis Collins

Loading a white 1966 Chevy Corvette Convertible onto a trailer, front quarter view

According to the crew, when asked about the most notable rescue from 2022, one adventure stands above the rest, a trip to Longview, Texas, that we covered in July. Collins’ epic five-car score included an ultra-rare 1967 Shelby GT500, a “holy grail” 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 1966 Ford Mustang K-Code fastback.

Comments from the team talk about the effort being challenging because of the number of vehicles involved, and many weren’t ready for the trailer. Collins recalls that they also discovered numerous hard-to-resist and rare classic car parts throughout the seller’s house.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Dennis Collins’ Rescues

The crew that help with Dennis Collins' car rescues (left to right): Zach, Alex, Kelsey, Dennis, Shawn, and James

Beyond recollections of past rescues, Collins and his squad offer interesting insights into how these efforts get accomplished. It becomes even more impressive as we learn that the videos represent only a fraction of the number of cars Collins buys and rescues each year; he purchased more than 250 vehicles in 2022.

It’s all possible thanks to more than 250,000 miles of travel throughout the year and trying to make the best use of time. One outing to the Northeast involved three separate buys over four days and traveling thousands of miles

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