Allard K2 Roadster
If hot rods were invented in England, Sidney Allard would surely have created them. His first production models appeared in 1946 with “flathead” Ford V-8 power. Soon after, Allard shoehorned the latest American OHV V-8s into his J2 and K2 models. The first Cadillac V-8 obtained from the US was immediately installed into Allard’s own J2 racing car that he entered into the 1950 Tour of Sicily and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Allard finished third overall. Allard also scored highly at Monte Carlo, Watkins Glen, Pebble Beach and Sebring, where his J2s finished first and second in 1950.
Building upon the success of the road-going K1, Allard launched the sleeker K2 in 1950. The K2 was produced until 1952, with just 119 built. The few imported to the US were quickly adopted by road racers and exceptionally successful.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
160 bhp, 331 cu. in. Cadillac OHV V-8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual gearbox, Ballemy split-axle, semi-independent front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Jill Reger