Dan Short (FantomWorks) Age, Wife, Net Worth & More

Dan Short is a famous TV Show Host, Businessman, and Car Veteran, popularly known for his work in a TV show on Discover’s MotorTrend network called “FantomWorks” in which Dan and other cast members modify and repair vehicles. Dan Short or Daniel R. Short created the Fantomworks restoration company in 2006 and now it is also featured in a TV show.

Apart from the restoration and automotive industry, Daniel aka Dan is also a retired Ex-Army man. Dan joined the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and he flies in the 18th Aviation Brigade and has also built an aircraft for the Task Force 160th. He served 24 years in the US Army and then left. After this, he started FantomWorks.

Daniel R. Short aka Dan Short was born on September 8, 1962, in New York City, the United States to Alexander and Louise Short. Well, Dan holds American nationality.

Dan Short Wiki/Bio

Dan Short Age
Images Credits – Instagram @mamshort
Full NameDaniel R. Short
NicknameDan Short, Dan
ProfessionAutomotive Technician, TV Show Star,
Businessman, Ex-US Army man
Date Of BirthSeptember 8, 1962
Age60 Years Old (As of 2022)
Place Of BirthNew York City, the United States
HometownNew York City, the United States
Zodiac SignNot Known
Ethnicity Not Known

Physical Appearance

Dan Short Height
HeightNot Known
WeightNot Known
Eyes ColorGray
Hairs ColorBrown
Body MeasurementsNot Known
Body TypeHealthy & Fit
Shoe SizeNot Known
TattooNot Known

Dan Short is a healthy and fit guy just because he does exercise regularly. Well, as he is an Ex-Army man, he has maintained his body very well and is very fit and is punctual. Dan has light Gray colored eyes and light brown-colored hair. Also, read about Mike Finnegan (Roadkill).

Family & Relationships

Dan Short Family
MotherLouise Short
Marital StatusMarried
WifeMelissa Martel Short
Son(s)Zman Short

Dan’s father’s name is Mr. Alexander and his mother’s name is Mrs. Louise Short. Dan has not shared much about his family and relationship. Well, he is married and Mrs. Melissa Martel Short is his life partner. Melissa and Dan meet first time in military grad school when they both are in the US military.

Dan’s wife Melissa is a retired US Navy officer as a Commander from Muleshoe, Texas. After serving as Navy officer Commander, Mellisa joined the team of FantomWorks and currently managing Human Resources and Special Projects in the business. Dan and Melissa are blessed with a son namely Zman Short.

Zman Short was born in August 2003, and he is around 18 years old (as of 2022). He graduated from Norfolk Christian School. Also, read about Scott Hoke (Mecum Auto Auctions).

Education & Qualifications

SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityNot Known
QualificationNot Known

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Dan Short Wiki

Dan Short has had an interest in cars and motor vehicles since his childhood. In 1967 when he was around five years old, he saw a brand new Camaro car and fell in love with the car. When Dan was stationed at Ft. Bragg NC in 1980, he purchased his first car, a Camaro from a person at the age of around 18 years. When Dan was stationed, he saw a 1967 RS SS Camaro running down 210 in Spring Lake NC. Dan chases the car and asks the owner to sell it to him.

After asking repeatedly for selling the car, the owner finally accept his proposal and sold the car to him. Then, he starts learning car restoration from several shops and also he has taken some restoration and car repair classes he learns all about motor car restoration. Then finally, Dan restores his car and makes it more better and efficient.

Dan Short has served 24 years in the US military as he joined the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at the age of 17 in 1979 and he was a Green Beret (The United States Army Special Forces) and deployed a lot. Dan flies in the 18th Aviation Brigade which is a brigade of the United States Army. He has also built an aircraft for the Task Force 160th in his army career. Spending 24 years, he left the US army.

After that Dan continue his cars and motor vehicles by starting DRS Automotive FantomWorks company in 2006 through which he and his team started providing automotive restoration, modifications, maintenance, and other services. Dan has restored and modified several cars. He has repaired and restored Asian, European, and American muscle cars dating from the 1910s to the early 1970s.

FantomWorks shop is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and he operates all the operations from there. His wife Melissa Martel Short has also continued working with Dan in FantomWorks company after retiring from US Navy officer as a Commander from Muleshoe, Texas. She is in charge of special projects and also the human resources in the company.

FantomWorks on MotorTrend TV Network

Dan Short and his company FantomWorks came into the limelight after a show by the name of FantomWorks i.e. also the name of Dan’s company, started airing on Discover’s MotorTrend TV Network (previously Velocity). His restoration and modification shop is shown in the show where Dan and his team restore and modify muscle cars.

This show is loved by millions of people. Well, the FantomWorks show was released on June 25, 2013. The show films in FantomWorks shop that is in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. In the first episode Dan and his team repair and restored a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette and a Ford hot rod. FantomWorks has completed nine seasons so far.

Interesting Facts About Dan Short and FantomWorks

Dan Short With Wife
  • In the initial episode of FantomWorks, Dan and his team restored a ’63 Chevy Corvette And Ford Model A Hot Rod.
  • The FantomWorks shop is guarded by a German Shepard called Heidi. He is a lovable dog who greets people and also takes care of the shop.
  • Dan Short and his wife Melissa meet each other at military grad school.
  • FantomWorks also manufactures their own parts for some muscle cars.
  • Several celebrities and famous persons have also visited FantomWorks garage to see muscle cars and their impressive and amazing work. One of the famous singers Ted Nugent has visited FantomWorks.
  • Dan and his crew also restore and repair motorcycles like Harley, domestic motorcycles, etc. They have also repaired a 1982 Kawasaki KZ 750.
  • Dan and his wife Melissa also do charity work for veterans.
  • FantomWorks shop has a huge collection of jukeboxes as several crew members like it.

Dan Short Net Worth

Daniel R. Short aka Dan Short is quite popular in the Automotive Industry just because of his and his crew member’s amazing restoration and modification works. Well, the FantomWorks company is very popular and it got several clients for vehicle restoration, modifications, and other services. Also, Dan has served around 24 years in US Military as Green Beret.

Apart from these, Dan has also earned a good amount of money through the FantomWorks show that is aired on MotorTrend TV network and previously on the Velocity channel. It is estimated that Dan Short’s net worth is $3.5M+ (approx.).

Contacts & Social Media

Instagram@mamshort (Melissa Martel Short)

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