<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192

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Lot 149
1953 Allard K3

US$ 100,000 - 140,000
£ 76,000 - 110,000
Amended
1953 Allard K3
Chassis no. K3/3192

331ci OHV Cadillac V8
Approximately 210bhp at 5,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Di Dion Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic operated Drum Brakes

*One of just 63 Allard K3's produced
*Excellent car for rallies and tours
*Offered with exceptional documents, and tools.
*Rare Anglo-American Sports Car


THE ALLARD K3

Sydney Allard founded Allard Motor Company in 1936, producing potent sports racing cars powered by Ford V8 and Lincoln V12 engines. Allard racing cars continued to prove themselves as capable competitors, with one example winning the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally piloted by Mr. Allard himself, narrowly defeating Sir Stirling Moss. That same year, Allard released a new touring car based on their venerable J2 racing car, the K3.

Featuring a reinforced chromoly-tube chassis, Allard's innovative divided front axle suspension system, racing steering ratios, and a host of potent American engines, The K3 is a racecar at heart, beneath an all-aluminum envelope body. While the racing attributes limited everyday practicality, the K3 offered undeniable performance along with some welcome luxuries, like seating for three, a spacious trunk, and a convertible top.

The concessions made for performance, along with the steep $5,300 asking price, made the K3's appeal as a touring car suffer. As a result, only 63 of these exhilarating roadsters were produced and just 46 remain today.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This particular Allard K3 was first purchased by its first owner, a Mr. Daniel Schact, from Noel Kirk Motors in Los Angelous. K3 were all sent to the USA missing their power plants, it was up to the dealership, or first owner to choose. Choices for the K3 were either a Cadillac 331, or a Chrysler Hemi. This car like many other K3 was delivered with the 331 Cadillac, that many Allard enthusiast feel is the better engine for the K3.

This is an exceptionally well preserved example and it was delivered wearing the same green with matching green leather upholstery. Mr. Schact enjoyed the car for a few years and racked up 23,000 miles, unfortunately he developed a knee issue that forced him to stop using the car. Being quite fond of it, it was put into careful storage where it would remain until 1979. It was then passed to its next caretaker, a Dr. Martin Allard, sadly not a relative of Sydney.

The car would remain in Dr. Allard's ownership for the next 33 years. All indications indicate that Dr. Allard was careful and diligent steward of the car. It was during this period that it was repainted, and Dr. Allard also had the original upholstery carefully restitched. This is a painstaking process and is sometimes much more costly then just retrimming, but the saying goes "Only original once". The car then completed the California Mille in 2012.

The car passed to the consigner in 2015. Since it has been in his ownership the car has been extensively serviced. This service work has included a transmission rebuild, new clutch, new wiring harness, and new engine seals. The brake cylinders and wheel bearing have also been replaced.

Today this particular Allard K3 presents very well, and is in remarkable condition. Offered with extensive documentation and tools. Allard are very good long distance touring and rally cars. The large Cadillac V8 is very under stressed and durable. This car is very much on the button and ready for a summer of country road enjoyment, or as a excellent participant on the Colorado Grand, or Copperstate 1000.

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<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
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<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
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<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
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<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
<b>1953 Allard K3</b><br /> Chassis no. K3/3192
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