Which other British car manufacturer in the 1950s could boast a Monte Carlo rally win and a top three at Le Mans!
Allard was another small volume maker who traded from 1945 to 1958 and only produced 1900 units in total, producing a series of sporting cars designed by the owner, Sydney Allard, who raced them when he wasn't building them.
This was one of the first Anglo-American Bastards using the best English body and chassis design mated to an American V8 a theme
carried on for years with cars such as the AC Cobra (designed by Carroll Shelby, an Allard racing driver), the Sunbeam Tiger, Bristol V8s and numerous others.
This beautiful example was delivered to its first Bournemouth customer in March 1948 and was one of only 500 built, of which under a hundred are known to survive (source Allard register).
After a complete body, interior and mechanical restoration in the early 90s, the car has been considerably improved by the current owner. Apart from fitting a late, hardly used, 4.2 litre Ford flathead V8 (replacing the worn out 3.6), the car has had a full gearbox overhaul, new brake cylinder and a 3.25 ratio differential fitted to aid economy and relaxed cruising. With upgraded radiator and cooling, the car runs to original temperature specifications and can handle heavy traffic with no issue.
Indeed the expenditure over the past two years in order to present the car in the exceptional condition seen today is in the region of £25000 surely making this the best available on the market, all the mechanical works being carried out by Allard Owners Club recommended suppliers.
Interestingly even the fuel tank was specially manufactured last year by Lloyd Allard, grandson of Sydney Allard himself.
She presents well in very recent period Tudor Grey metallic paintwork, re-plated brightwork with Burgundy leather interior and is remarkable fun to drive with a copious amount of engine torque making gear changes rare.
What a great car to throw the kids and dog into and set off for a days fun!