Allard M1 Drophead Coupe
Like many of America’s pioneering hot rodders of the 1930’s, Englishman Sydney Allard created performance machines using low-cost Ford hardware. Allard’s first car was a four-seat Ford which ran in the 1934 Tourist Trophy Race. Allard shortened the wheelbase and fitted the car with a body from an old Grand Prix Bugatti. After completing a few cars for himself, Allard set about selling copies to the public in 1946 with the first announced in Autocar on February 1 of that year. He married a 221 cu. in. Ford flathead V-8 producing 85/95hp with a frame (using stock Ford parts) of his own design while using a clever and effective independent rear suspension, then a rarity among British cars. First introduced in 1947, the M1 Drophead Coupe would become immediately successful with Allard producing 500 units during its four-year model run. This would pave the way for faster and bolder designs including the J2, J2X and J2R for which Allard would become highly acclaimed. Sydney Allard was the only constructor of Anglo-American cars to re-introduce models immediately following World War II. Allard continued to produce cars through 1960, but only by special order. In all, the company produced 15 different models and a total of 1,901 cars during its years of operation.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
85 bhp, 3,622 cc Ford Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, four-wheel drum brakes.
Source: RM Auctions