1951 Allard K2 Roadster

K2 Roadster
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If hot rods were invented in England, Sidney Allard would surely have created them. Allard’s first production models appeared in 1946 with “flathead” Ford V-8 power. Soon after, Allard shoehorned the new OHV V-8 into his J2 and K2 models. The Cadillac V-8 to be obtained from the U.S., was immediately installed into Allard’s own J2 racing car that 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. A 3.6 litre Ford V-8 was standard, but buyers could also specify Mercury, Cadillac, Chrysler and even Oldsmobile “Rocket” V-8 engines. The K2 was produced until 1952, with just 119 built. The few imported to the U.S. were quickly adopted by road racers and were exceptionally successful. Allard’s first post-war sports car was a leap forward. This is a great sports car to drive, as well as proving very effective in competition. The technical make-up might have been simple, with a box-section frame, transverse leaf springs and a steel body, but careful chassis development was the key. The fitment of a powerful V8 engine, delivered plenty of effortless performance. The end result was a charismatic English sports car that has a loyal following to this day. Automotive Restorations sourced and then restored this very special Allard K2 roadster ,chassis number 91K3017-J2X, from the original family owners. Superb history and documentation accompanied this historically significant car. It had been specially ordered from Sidney Allard with a 331 cu. In. Chrysler Hemi engine, De Dion independent rear suspension and special side-mount spare tire. This Allard has been exhibited at a number of concours events and driven regularly, while accounting for itself well in vintage races with the VSCCA. The Monterey Historics were a lighlight where it did awfully well, finishing well up amoung a field of historic Allards.

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