Lot 193 - 1949 Allard M-Type Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||3,233 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,560|
Racing driver Sydney Allard's post-war cars combined the same virtues of light weight, independent front suspension and an abundance of American V8 power, which had been features of his first trials special of the mid-1930s. These favourable characteristics enabled Allard cars to establish a formidable competition record in the immediate post-war years; Allard himself finishing 3rd at Le Mans in a J2 two-seater and winning the Monte-Carlo Rally outright in a P2 saloon. Introduced in 1947, the M-type (retrospectively M1) was a more civilised version of the contemporary L model and employed Allard's trademark independently suspended 'split' front axle and transverse-leaf rear end in a chassis 6" longer than that of the K-type, the extra length being used to accommodate two rear passenger seats. Like the vast majority of production Allards, the M used Ford components, which were readily obtainable from Ford in the UK, its engine being the Blue Oval's famous 3,622cc 'flat head' V8. Approximately 500 examples were produced between 1947 and 1950. Being top quality, hand-built, British cars with American mechanicals, Allards were very usable and relatively inexpensive to run and maintain. With their powerful and torquey V8 engine, three-speed manual gearbox and high overall gearing; they were fast and exciting cars to drive.
This Allard M-Type was delivered new to a doctor in Northern Ireland who used the car in local speed events and hill climbs. Restored in the mid 1990’s, this Allard has been presented at the Hurlingham Club Concours and has taken part at other London events before retiring to the West Country home some ten years ago. In 2016, it was driven to the Le Mans Classic to commemorate Allard’s success in the 24 hour race and the 1952 Monte-Carlo Rally. Finished in blue with blue leather interior, this M-Type is supplied with a V5C registration document and an extensive history file covering its career and restoration. In total 500 Allard M-Types were produced and all but three were dropheads; they were very popular with their customers for their reliability and their sporting prowess when new, the same reasons that they are sought after now.