Lot 142

Monterey 2011

1951 Allard K2 Roadster


$104,500 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



Chassis No.

160 bhp, 331 cu. in. Cadillac OHV V-8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual gearbox, Ballemy split-axle, semi-independent front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106"

- One of 119 built; an original LHD example

- Well-equipped; tremendous performance and period racing cachet

- Regularly exercised by current owner

If hot rods were invented in England, Sidney Allard would surely have created them. His first production models appeared in 1946 with “flathead” Ford V-8 power. Soon after, Allard shoehorned the latest American OHV V-8s into his J2 and K2 models. The first Cadillac V-8 obtained from the US was immediately installed into Allard’s own J2 racing car that he entered into the 1950 Tour of Sicily and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Allard finished third overall. Allard also scored highly at Monte Carlo, Watkins Glen, Pebble Beach and Sebring, where his J2s finished first and second in 1950.

Building upon the success of the road-going K1, Allard launched the sleeker K2 in 1950. A 3.6-liter Ford V-8 was standard, but buyers could also specify Cadillac, Chrysler, Mercury and Oldsmobile V-8 engines. The K2 was produced until 1952, with just 119 built. The few imported to the US were quickly adopted by road racers and exceptionally successful.

Strikingly finished in British Racing Green with a black interior, this original left-hand drive example is fitted with a large hood dome providing clearance for the massive carburetors, two low-cut “Brooklands” windscreens, a Le Mans-style hood strap and cast-aluminum “knock-off” wheels. The current owner acquired it in August 2006, with the K2 having already been restored, and it has been regularly exercised since then. When a Texan purchased it in 1980 from a California enthusiast, it was understood that this K2 had some past West Coast racing history. Equally suitable for shows and vintage racing events, this Allard K2 is a splendid example of Sidney Allard’s legendary Anglo-American hybrids with its unique styling and downright brutal performance.