Lot 061: Allard P1 Saloon
Born in London in 1910, Sydney Allard was a born racer and a gifted engineer who went on to produce some of the most charismatic and quirky machines ever to grace the Queen's highway.�After racing a succession of weird and wonderful specials in the pre-war years, he founded the Allard Motor Company in Putney in 1945 and over the next 13 years his factory produced around 1,900 sporting machines, all powered by robust American V8 engines. Despite its small size and limited resources, Allard's achievements were legion in the immediate post-war years, Sydney himself finishing 3rd at Le Mans in a J2 sports-racer and winning the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally outright in a P1 saloon. Introduced in 1948, the P1 sports saloon employed Allard's trademark independently suspended 'split' front axle and a transverse leaf rear end. Like the vast majority of production Allards, the P1 used Ford/Mercury components, these being readily obtainable from Ford in the UK, the choice of engines being the 85bhp 3,622cc Ford V8 or modified 110bhp 4,375cc Mercury, both with 3-speed column-change gearboxes. Production lasted until 1952 by which time a total of 559 P1s had been made, making it the best-selling Allard of all. First registered in Suffolk in February 1950, this particular P1 has the 3.6-litre Ford engine. The current owner bought the car in a partially dismantled state from Sydney Allard's son, Alan, in 2008. Over the next five years he proceeded to treat the car to a total restoration which resulted in the wonderful machine you see today. Virtually every part of the car has been restored or renewed as necessary including a rebuilt engine, new clutch, new radiator, new fuel tank and a full overhaul of the braking and suspension systems. The chassis and bodywork have also been fully restored, the brightwork replated and the whole car repainted in a lovely shade of metallic light blue. The interior has been fully retrimmed with red leather upholstery, black carpets, a West-of-England cloth headlining and rebuilt dash instruments. Now said to be running and driving well, the car certainly fired up readily and ran very smoothly as we manoeuvred it to take these pictures. The vendor advises that it has not been driven any distance since the restoration was completed so it will doubtless benefit from a period of gentle running-in before being employed on any long journeys. Supplied with a buff log book from 1961 when the car was in the Swindon area, it also comes with a small amount of history and an original 'Allard 30hp Instruction Book', a desirable collector's item in its own right. Wonderfully quirky and exceedingly rare, this charming motorcar is sure to attract a huge amount of attention wherever it goes and is only reluctantly being sold due to an impending house move with consequent loss of garage space. If the new owner is brave enough, he may even contemplate repeating Sydney Allard's heroic 1952 achievement by entering the car in the next Monte Carlo Challenge. Now there's a thought!
Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3622|
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|Number of doors||2|