Allard M1 Drophead Coupe
Introduced in 1947, the M1 Drophead Coupe was the first postwar Allard model with substantial bodywork, complete with full-length doors and a folding convertible top. Seating for four and more elaborate trim than the more competition-oriented Allard models rounded out the more civilized M1. In addition to a 3.6-liter Ford V-8, gears were selected via a column shifter obtained from Ford of England’s V-8 Pilot model. The M1 was quite successful, with Allard producing 500 during a four-year run, and it paved the way to Allard’s much faster and bolder designs including the J2, J2X, J2R and the K1. In fact, the M1 was Allard’s cornerstone model, accounting for roughly 25 percent of total production of 1,901 cars during its years of operation.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
85 bhp, 3,622 cc L-head Ford V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent swing-axle front suspension, beam-type rear axle with torque tube and transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
Source: RM Auctions
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