Jeff Allen, owner of Flat 12 Gallery and host of the iTunes podcast “Skidmarks Show and previous host of “The Car Chasers” on CNBC, announced his vision to build a shock-and-awe vehicle by taking a 1963 Volvo 122S Amazon with 85HP and morph it with a 2013 Grand Sport Corvette. The resulting one-of-a-kind vehicle will debut and be on display at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” booth at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
After a cross-country tour, the “V06,” as it is affectionately named, will be auctioned with all proceeds benefiting the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund which offers financial assistance to students pursuing an automotive career.
“I wanted to build a car for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund that wasn’t the normal classic car build,” Allen said. “I wanted a car that made you look twice but also performed like a beast at automotive events.”
Over the next few months, the build will take place at Allen’s Dallas shop, Flat 12 Gallery, where his team will transform the Volvo 122’s 85HP performance level into a 600HP beast utilizing Pennzoil Synthetics under the hood, a Lingenfelter Built LS7, Forgeline Wheels and Baer Brakes. Fans will be able to follow the build on all Flat 12 Gallery social media channels and on My-ClassicGarage.com.
“It is very exciting to see this build come to life,” said Mark Henry, brand, communications and influencer manager for Shell Lubricants. “Working with Jeff and the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, Shell and Pennzoil are looking forward to showcasing this awesome, unique vehicle in our booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. Being a part of this and knowing that the proceeds will help young people pursue automotive careers is very rewarding.”
The end result will be what Allen considers the ultimate “enthusiast” car, capable of competing in a plethora of events from road rallies, airstrip attacks, autocross events, drag racing and drifting. The V06 will be the type of car enthusiasts could take out every weekend to compete at different events.