1951 Allard P1 news, pictures, specifications, and information
The Allard Motor Company in London, England, built the P1. Production of the P1s ran between 1949 and 1951 amounting to only 155 automobiles. At the same time, strategic materials such as steel and aluminum were very difficult to obtain from the British Government and it was mandatory to justify export business. The Ford components made maintenance easy on the P1 in America and a great number of P1s were exported to the United States. The original sales price of the car was 1,277 British Pounds (approximately $2,000).

With a 3.5-liter standard V8 engine, the top speed was 85 mph. The P1s were successful on the racing circuit and one P1, driven by Sydney Allard, won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1949.
An encounter with any Allard model, save perhaps the highly respected and relatively famous J2 and J2X models, will often leave even learned car buffs scratching their heads. These rare and homely British brutes appear odd with their cumbersome styling, but Allard cars enjoyed racing success and engineering sophistication uncommon in the products of such a small firm.

Take, for instance, the ingenious and oft-copied, though then relatively new, idea of stuffing big American V8s into relatively small and lithe European chassis. Allard excelled at the practice of shoehorning these substantial engines into its trim creations, endowing its cars for both street and track with the reliable, effortless power of a hefty Detroit mill. The suspension on Allards, too, demonstrated the company's engineering capability. A carefully-designed, independent front suspension and de Dion rear axle ensured competent handling and surefooted traction. The high quality of engineering found in Allard's cars enabled a healthy racing career for the company, with the likes of John Fitch and Carroll Shelby competing successfully in the offbeat Brits.

A two-door saloon, the Allard P1 was larger and more practical than cars like the race-ready J2 for which the brand was better known. With familiar V8 power, though, the P1 offered plenty of thrust despite its considerable size. And even though the P1 looked nothing like a racing car, it too enjoyed considerable racing success when a Ford-powered example won the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally, with company owner and founder Sydney Allard driving.

The Allard P1 may never be as highly respected as the more essential Allard racers, but its combination of reliable power, thoughtful engineering, and clumsy yet endearing style make it an accurate representative of the Allard brand.

Sources:

'Allard History.' Allard Register n. pag. Web. 10 Jul 2011. http://www.allardregister.org/allard-history/.

'Allard P1.' Motorbase n. pag. Web. 10 Jul 2011. http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/by-id/230/.

By Evan Acuña
 
Recent Vehicle Additions

2014 NISSAN ALTIMA NAMED 'MOST AFFORDABLE MIDSIZE SEDAN' BY CARS.COM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Nissan celebrates record-breaking Altima sales in April, potential buyers have another great reason to consider Nissans top-selling vehicle. Citing its great gas mileage...

HONDA READY AS 2014 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON OPENS

New Honda twin-turbo V6 engine debuts Andretti Autosport returns to Honda power Lineup includes eight race winners, 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay 03242014 - TORRANCE, Calif. -- Seven tea...

Family Fun at a Price That Won't Make You Run

Family Values: All-New 2014 Toyota Highlander Pricing Starts Under 30K TORRANCE, Calif., November 20, 2013 - - Families dig value. The all-new third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander...

2014 FORD F-150 TREMOR SPORT TRUCK WILL PACE FIELD FOR NASCAR TRUCKS RACE AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor has been chosen to pace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200 on Saturday, Aug. 17 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor sport truck with EcoBoost® engine cranks...

BMW TO BE FEATURED AT SARATOGA AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

BMW History and Heritage on four wheels and two on display from May – November, 2013 Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 8, 2013… BMWs rich heritage will be showcased at the Saratoga Automobile...

J1
J2
K-Series
L-Type
M-Type
P1
Palm Beach

Image Left 1950 P1
© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Vehicle information, history, and
specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook  Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2017 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.