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Lot 404: Allard M1 Drophead Coup�

Collectors Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia, Bonhams (12 September 2009)

Racing driver Sydney Allard's post-war cars combined the same virtues of light weight, independent front suspension and an abundance of American V8 power, which had been features of his first trials special of the mid-1930s. These favourable characteristics enabled Allard cars to establish a formidable competition record in the immediate post-war years; Allard himself finishing 3rd at Le Mans in a J2 two-seater and winning the Monte Carlo Rally outright in a P2 saloon. Introduced in 1947, the M-type (retrospectively M1) was a more civilised version of the contemporary L model and employed Allard's trademark independently suspended 'split' front axle and transverse-leaf rear end in a chassis 6 longer than that of the K-type, the extra length being used to accommodate two rear passenger seats. Like the vast majority of production Allards, the M used Ford components, these being readily obtainable from Ford in the UK, its engine being the Blue Oval's famous 3,622cc 'flat head' V8. Approximately 500 examples were produced between 1947 and 1950. The Allard M1 offered here was first owned by a John Henry Stratton of Surrey and was acquired by Barry Burnett in 2003. Benefiting from extensive engine work and now mechanically sorted, the car requires finishing/re-commissioning and is sold strictly as viewed. It is offered with Allard instruction manual; copies of original Allard factory inspection and engineer's reports; sundry invoices; various road test articles; assorted restoration photographs; and other ephemera. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Bonhams, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeCar
Lot Number404
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5400
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6210
Year1947
Condition rating0
Registration numberJAO 308
Mileage-
Chassis number872
Engine numberB18F7206520
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors