1948 Allard M-Type news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 71M430P
|Sold for $22,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.|
Born to wealthy parents in South London, England in 1910, Sydney Allard, would have a tremendous career as a mechanic, race car driver, and car company owner. At age 18 he began work in a garage as an apprentice mechanic; this was also the time Allard began his racing career. Initially, he specialized in cross-country trials in a Morgan. After a year he began racing at such memorable tracks as Brooklands and Donnington Park.
The first automobile built by Allard was in 1930 and it was given a Ford flathead V8 engine. Demand for the vehicle soon escalated, so Allard set up an assembly line to cope with this new interest. During the Second World War, the company focused on building military vehicles. When peace time resume, the company resumed automobile production with the introduction of their K1, a simple two-seater convertible powered by a flathead V8. The bodies used steel panels draped over traditional wood framing.
The company produced both two-seat and four-seat models in both open and closed configuration. The road-going cars were built to support his racing endeavors.
This Allard M-Type is powered by a 59A Mercury 95-horsepower motor and mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Inside, there is an upholstered rear compartment without additional seating. There are trafficator turn signal semaphores used to signal a direction change. There are teardrop front fenders with built-in headlights, a curved roofline, and skirted rear wheels.
In 2009, this 1948 Allard M Type Coupe was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $35,000-$45,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $22,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
Chassis Num: 81M834
|Sold for $63,250 at 2011 RM Auctions.|
The M1 Drophead Coupe was the first postwar Allard model, introduced in 1947. It had full-length doors and a folding convertible top. Under the bonnet was a 3.6-liter Ford V-8, with a gearbox from Ford of England's V-8 Pilot model. During its four-year production run, a total of 500 examples were produced.
This Drophead Coupe example was purchased by the current owner in September of 2006. The car is painted in black with a matching top and upholstery. Inside, there are Smiths instruments and an unrestored Bluemels 'Brooklands' steering wheel. The 'flathead' Ford V8 engine produces 85 horsepower and there are four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Monterey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $60,000 - $80,000. At auction, the lot was sold for the sum of $63,250, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011
The Model M Coupe is one of the rarer Allard models built - only a handful were ever produced. It was sold new in the United Kingdom but soon made its way to Canada. It was discovered there in 2004 in very rough condition. A two-year restoration followed.
Most of these cars were equipped with a Ford flathead V-8, which is the case here. This motor produces 95-110 horsepower.
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