1947 Allard K1

Bonhams Amelia Island 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Sale Price
$45,000 - $60,000
Est. Range
20 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 71K250. Red over black leather. RHD. 276/200hp Mercury V8, dual Holley 2-bbl carburetors, Edelbrock intake, Offenhauser heads, 3-speed, alternator, silver steel wheels, side outlet exhaust, dual aeroscreens, driving lights, covered rear-mounted spare, woodrim steering wheel, Lincoln-Zephyr brakes.

Evaluation: Good paint, interior and chrome. A quality older restoration and better than usual vintage racer. Clean and tidy, showing just the right amount of use and attention. Trafficators missing from the cowl slots.

Bottom Line: It would appear that the third time is the charm after no-sale bids of $45,000 at Bonhams Brookline in 2005 and a paltry $39,000 at the Simeone Museum last October. The hammer result here is nearly double what it attracted seven months ago. That was unduly cheap, but this is expensive even for a charming flathead Mercury powered Allard with delectable speed equipment.

by Rick Carey
6 June 2021
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Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #4: Fair
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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