Allard K3 Roadster

Beautiful or brutal—take your pick—Sydney Allard’s rapid roadsters epitomized early postwar sports-car design with their elemental bodies and throbbing American overhead-valve V-8 power plants. An effort to “civilize” the race-bred J2/J2X model for the road without losing its visceral performance, the new K3 debuted at the London Motor Show in 1952. Clearly, Sydney Allard had the North American sports car market in mind with the K3, and all but a handful found buyers in the USA. The majority of K3s were shipped without engines to American dealers, who would then install a V-8 engine of the purchaser’s choice, with many equipped with aftermarket speed parts to further enhance their performance. Production of the K3 continued through October 8, 1954 and reached 61 or 62 units, depending on the source.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

331 cu. in. Cadillac OHV V-8 engine, GM automatic transmission, Allard split front axle with radius rods and coil springs, de Dion rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100".

Source: RM Auctions

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