1954 Allard K3 Touring Jaguar-Powered Three Seat RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $90,000


$211,750 Sold

300hp, 331 cu. in. overhead valve Cadillac V8, three-speed manual gearbox, four-barrel Stromberg carburetor, semi-independent swing axle front and DeDion type rear axle suspension, Lockheed four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100"

If Hot Rods had been invented in England, Sydney Herbert Allard would have been their originator. The first post war production models of the Allard Motor Company, founded in 1946, featured American Ford flathead V8s, more often than not fitted with Sydney’s own alloy speed parts such as intake manifolds and cylinder heads. By the early fifties, larger American overhead valve V8s became available to American Rodders and so, in true hot rod fashion, Sydney wasted no time in following suit and having his dealers shoe-horn these into his sports and racing models.

Beautiful or brutal – take your choice, these Allards were the epitome of early fifties sports car design with their alloy bodywork, flashy knock-off wire wheels and huge, throbbing power plants. Cornering at speed was a challenge as a result of Sydney’s affection for a semi-independent front suspension created by chopping a Ford solid axle in half before mounting the two pieces in a swing arm fashion, giving the front end a radical and unusual positive camber appearance.

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 great departure from 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 on the left side of 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, and many also received period speed equipment to further enhance their prowess.

The 1953 Allard K-3 offered here in red was purchased by Mr. Ponder from its original owner and treated to an extensive restoration. The 331 cubic inch Cadillac V8 engine retains all the upgrades its original owner fitted during the fifties, which includes side vent exhausts, a set of Offenhauser cylinder heads and valve covers, a four-barrel Stromberg carburetor, and a very interesting Nicson Dual inlet breather.

The interior was refinished in tan leather with matching carpets and red piping. The practical side shifter is still installed – most K-3s were converted to a center-mounted shifter, eliminating the middle passenger option. The interior is also fitted with racing belts, Smith’s gauges, a large black banjo style steering wheel and a tan tonneau cover conceals the matching convertible top. The trunk is also very presentable and spacious and houses the spare.

The K-3 retains all its paperwork from new and overall remains highly presentable with its Allard script knock offs and chrome wire wheels; it would be an excellent example to add to any postwar collection.

Reference Number 7590

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1954 Allard K3 Touring Jaguar-Powered Three Seat Roadster
VIN K33277 
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