Stephen Allen’s opened it’s doors for business in 1992 in Alachua, Florida. Stephen’s first warehouse was an old tobacco storage facility. Uninsulated, the hot Florida summers would often send employees outside to cool off in the sun.
In 1997, Stephen Allen’s moved operations to Newberry, Florida. The new insulated warehouses were a far cry from the old tobacco shed. The business thrived through 2007 when Stephen decided it was time to step away from the parts business.
In the years following Stephen spent much of his time volunteering for a number of local charities. Namely charities that provided aide, and/or assistance to active military & local veterans. From shipping care packages to our servicemen & servicewomen abroad with the Military Support Group of Alachua County, to fundraising for American Hometown Vets, to vice president of The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation. He also helped bring back a local tradition Bikers on Parade, a 400+ motorcycle parade raising funds for local vets.
Fast forward to 2015 & Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet in St. Louis. Stephen was in attendance and learned of a parts cache for sale in Nebraska. A few weeks later, he purchased the parts and the rebirth of Stephen Allen’s LLC was set in stone.
Since the SDC International Meet in St, Louis, Stephen Allen’s LLC has purchased numerous Studebaker parts dealers, begun reproduction of key items, and restocked their shelves with almost anything one would need to keep a Studebaker on the road.
As for “Ol’ Spot”, the 1951 Champion, he’s still around. Ol’ Spot underwent a frame-off restoration in 2001, earned first place trophy at the 2002 SDC National Meet in South Bend, and will be on permanent display at The Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention when it opens in 2018.