1953 Allard K3 TouringSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $85,000 - $125,000


$181,500 Sold

Est. 325bhp, 331 cu. in. Chrysler “ Hemi ” V8 engine, twin four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual gearbox, semi-independent swing axle front and DeDion type rear axle suspension, Lockheed four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100"

A valiant attempt to “ civilize ” the J2-X range without losing its hairy-chested V8 performance, Sydney Allard ’ s K- 3 was launched at the London Motor Show in 1952. The K-3 used a twin-tube steel chassis with the familiar semi-independent swing axle front end and a proper DeDion rear axle with inboard mounted drum brakes.

The full width alloy coachwork was a vast improvement over the “ boy-racer ” J2 appearance. The single bench seat, a full 56 inches in width could accommodate three friendly adults, clear floor space for the middle passenger being provided by a clever off-set gear change lever located close to the driver. Additional features designed to make the K-3 a more practical beast, included twin fuel tanks in the rear fenders to create more luggage room in the trunk, wind-up glass windows, and a real cloth covered convertible top which folded down out of sight behind the rear seat.

It is clear that Sydney Allard had the North American sports car market in mind when he specified the K-3 model range, as 57 of the 62 Allard K-3s built crossed the Atlantic. The majority of K-3s were shipped without engines to American dealers who would then install a Yankee V8 of the purchaser ’ s choice. Most were fitted with Cadillac engines, making Chrysler Hemi powered K-3s a very rare and desirable exception

The 1953 Chrysler Allard K-3 offered here is one of the most rare and original examples extant. Its 1953 Chrysler Hemi engine makes the K-3 even more so, as it is estimated that only 20 percent were thus equipped. The practical side shifter is still installed – most K-3s were converted to a center-mounted shifter, eliminating the middle passenger option.

The Allard, chassis number 3175, left the docks in Southampton on February 5, 1953 and crossed the ocean with two other K-3s, 3176 and 3177. It went to British Motorcar Distributors in San Francisco who installed the then revolutionary Chrysler Hemi. The current wire wheels were fitted later, but otherwise 3175 appears as it would have on that day 53 years ago.

The current owner and restorer, a well-known Allard J2 Vintage Racer and Board Member of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, found the Allard in remarkably original condition. He treated the K-3 to a full body-off restoration, which included a bare metal repaint in its original Royal Blue color, and a new Connolly hide interior in an attractive Claret color.

Ferocious Chrysler Hemi thrust, attractive alloy coach work, wire wheels, luxurious leather interior, wind-up windows and a real convertible top – sounds like an ideal candidate for the Colorado Grand – especially if your better half doesn ’ t mind “ Bad Hair Days ” ! Addendum Please note that this vehicle is titled by the engine number.

Reference Number 7309

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1953 Allard K3 Touring
VIN K3/3175 
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