1952 Allard K2

Base Roadster
Historic Bugatti, Ferraris top Gooding's $109M Pebble Beach sale
Friday, 19 August - Saturday, 20 August 2022
Sale Price
$100,000 - $130,000
Est. Range
20 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis number 91K3017. Deep Blue over blue interior. 331cid V-8/180hp Chrysler Hemi, newer Muncie 4-speed, side exhaust, Jaguar rear hubs, painted wire wheels, Excelsior tires, engine-turned dash, Smiths gauges. Original Ford 3-speed included in the sale.

Evaluation: One of 119 built and 18 exported to the US. Originally finished in ivory over black. Restored about 30 years ago and showing some age on the bumpers as well as a small scrape near the driver’s door and a long crack below the passenger’s door, but overall an impressive presentation. The driver’s seat is flat and wrinkled but the interior is mostly in good shape, and the car is tidy and maintained underneath. A rare full-fendered Allard with the hottest engine available in these Anglo-American hybrids. And that engine is a selling point, as K-Series Allards are more often seen with Ford or Mercury flatheads.

Bottom line: Famous for their simple mix of lightweight British roadster plus big American V8, Allards can nevertheless be a handful to drive and their styling is something of an acquired taste. They’re famous and respected, but the market for them is liimited and that has kept prices for them relatively stable, more dependent race history and originality than wider market trends. This one sold for $137,500 at RM Monterey in 2016, and this price for it in 2022 is also perfectly reasonable, reflecting more age and miles on the restoration while still getting a healthy premium for the Hemi stuffed in between those fenders.

by Andrew Newton
6 September 2022

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