1951 Allard K2

Sidney Herbert Allard of England built a reputation as a prominent builder of competitive racers. He was a racing driver who used a crashed Ford V8 coupe to which he grafted the body from a Grand Prix Bugatti. Using an American V8 engine, the Allard Special was lightweight and powerful and would provide the inspiration and formula for future Allard products. After World War II, Allard evolved from being a builder of racing specials to series production. The post-war cars continued to use lightweight construction, American V8 power, and an independent front suspension. Despite the limited resources and small size, Allard's achieved impressive racing results and were often contenders for class and overall victory.

The Allard Motor Company was founded in 1946, though Sidney had been building and modifying vehicles since the mid 1930's. The post-war automobiles were mostly powered by Ford flathead V8s and often fitted with Sidney's own intake manifolds and cylinder heads. His J2X Sports racers utilized the Cadillac and Chrysler OHV V8's continuing the tradition of American power in a British alloy body.

In the 1950 Tour of Sicily and the 24 Hours of LeMans, Allard entered a Cadillac powered J2 racer, finishing in third place. Impressive victories at Watkins Glen, Pebble Beach, Sebring, Monte Carlo, and more followed, often providing podium finishes for its driver.

The J1 two-seater sports car was introduced in 1946 and used a 100-inch wheelbase equipped with Allard's independently suspended 'split' front axle and a DeDion rear end with inboard brakes. Like most of Allard's products, the J1 employed Ford/Mercury sourced engine and mechanical components.

The K2 was introduced in 1950, following on the heels of the highly successful K1, which was similar to the J1 but with a longer wheelbase. Located in the front of the K2 was a grille that borrowed heavily from a Healey. Large bumpers in the front aided in the event of a collision. There was seating for two and storage for a small amount of luggage. Under the hood could be found a variety of American V8 engines with the 3.6 liter Ford unit being standard. UK destined examples were often fitted with Ford/Mercury engines while cars bound for the U.S. usually came with either Cadillac or Chrysler power units. Production of the K2 continued until 1952 with 119 examples being produced. About 87 (74%) examples remain in existence.

With torquey V8 engines, three-speed manual gearbox and high overall gearing, the Allards were fast and fun to drive. Notable racing drivers in North America include Tom Cole, Zora Duntov, John Fitch, and Carroll Shelby who achieved many successes. Shelby won every race he entered in 1953 with his Allard.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2018

1951 Vehicle Profiles

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

The idea of an English car with a big American engine was fairly novel in 1950. That year the British Allard Company launched the K2 model, which was the inspiration for Carroll Shelby's Cobra project. As with the earlier Allards, various American ....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 91K1985

The K1 Allard was introduced in 1946 and featured a Ballamy's front suspension, live rear axle, and a box-section chassis. Mounted under the bonnet was Detroit (produced by Ford in England) power coming in either Ford 85-horsepower trim or the Mercur....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

The year 1950 brought out an improved version of Sydney Allard's road-going K1 sports car. Logically designated the Allard K2, it retained a live rear axle with transverse leaf spring and a split front axle, now on twin coil springs instead of the s....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 91K-1708

Sidney Allard built a reputation in England as a prominent builder of competitive racers. The Allard Motor Company was founded in 1946, though Sidney had been building and modifying vehicles since the mid-1930's. The post war automobiles were mostly ....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 91K1804

The example shown is powered by a 331 cubic-inch Cadillac OHV V8 engine which produces 160 horsepower. It is equipped with a three-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. It sits atop a 106 inch wheelbase and is suspended in place ....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 91K1846

This 1951 Allard K2 Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $80,000 - $100,000. It was part of a large collection, each be....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

This Allard K2 was shipped from London docks on June 21, 1951, bound for a dealer in Dallas, Texas. When delivered new to its customer, it was fitted with the Cadillac V8 it has today, though it's now enlarged to 419 cubic inches. A four-speed transm....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 1808

This K2 Roadster is finished in red and fitted with beige leather upholstery. It is a fully restored example and retains the original, racing-specification 1951 Oldsmobile V8 engine, which was bored to 330 cubic-inches and topped by an Edmunds intake....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

The current owner purchased this car in July of 2002 with the intent to run it in the 2003 Great Race from Livonia, Michigan, to Daytona Beach, Florida. The car wasn't ready in time so he raced a car he had raced in 2000.....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Allard was conceived as a stark open sports car with United States export in mind by Englishman and former race driver Sydney Allard. The K2 was produced from 1950 through 1952 with just 119 examples built. Like contemporary Ferraris and Maserati's, ....[continue reading]

1951 Allard K2 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: K1845

This 1951 Allard K2 Roadster was dispatched to North America without a motor and in left-hand-drive configuration. The first customer was listed as R/P Imported Motors in New York, who handled Allard imports on the east coast along with Overseas Equi....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 91K1985 
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Chassis #: 91K-1708 
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Chassis #: 91K1804 
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Chassis #: 91K1846 
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Chassis #: 1808 
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Allard
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)7

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