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10-11 March 2017

A Gentleman's Collection: The Pride & Passion of Orin Smith

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Lot 103

1950 Allard K1/2 Two-Seater

  • Chassis no. 91K 1703
  • Engine no. 799A 1738891

Sold for $110,000


Est. 85 hp, 295 cu. in. Ford flathead V-8 engine with triple Stromberg Model 97 carburetors, three-speed manual transmission, split-beam front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106 in.

  • A unique, bespoke model with K1 bodywork on a K2 chassis, as specified from new
  • Delivered new to the United States with left-hand drive
  • Complete with original factory documentation
  • Beautiful restoration in wonderful colors
  • A thrilling competitor for most any vintage rally


Sydney Allard was, in many ways, the British equivalent to Carroll Shelby, pioneering the construction of a lightweight European racer designed to accommodate American brute force under the hood. Left with a supply of surplus Ford engines and parts on hand after World War II, his London shop assembled them into profitable sports cars, the first of which was the K1, a two-seater on a box section frame with transverse leaf springing and split-axle independent front suspension developed by Leslie Ballamy. Designed for either Ford or Mercury flathead V-8 power, the lightweight K1 boasted road-burning acceleration. No surprise, then, that its success in privateer racing soon carried over to the United States.

The car offered here is believed to be of unique specifications, created through Allard’s constant evolution and the fickleness of its original owner. Original Allard factory correspondence, which remains with the car to this day, tells the story. The owner originally placed an order for the new, updated K2 model, with its smoothed bodywork featuring a Healey-inspired radiator grille. An addendum to the order, however, was issued on 21 March 1960, canceling the K2, as the owner had decided that he wanted a K1 instead! Accordingly, original K1-style bodywork was built and installed on an improved, left-hand-drive K2 chassis with coil-spring front suspension and a revised dashboard layout, creating a one-off “K1/2.”

Delivery to the United States was made through the John Forbes Agency of Boston, Massachusetts. According to a former owner, the car was disassembled during the late 1950s and stored until its subsequent sale in 1972, then received a hobbyist restoration over a 30-year period.

The previous owner to Mr. Smith acquired the car in 2003 and commissioned a professional job, bringing the car to its present well-finished condition, inside and out, in silver with a lovely, subtle pewter interior. The quality of the paint and interior are both superb, and both remain in excellent condition, as would be expected of a car driven only 582 miles since the work was completed. The dashboard carries beautiful, clear black-faced Smiths gauges, set into a handsome wooden fascia. Under the hood is a 1947 Ford flathead V-8, bored out to 295 cu. in. and equipped with Edelbrock heads and intake manifold, as well as triple Stromberg 97 carburetors. The car is offered with its framed original documentation, as well as wheel tools and a tonneau cover. Further, the original serial number plate remains present.

An outstanding showpiece or vintage rally entrant, this beautifully presented car is unique even in the rarified world of Allards – a great achievement indeed!

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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Gord Duff

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more