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Little Classics News: 2 July 2015

Allard History Comes up for Sale at Chateau Impney

1956 Allard Palm Beach Mk II

Consigned directly from Alan and Lloyd Allard, the son and grandson of company founder Sydney Allard, the restored 1956 Allard Palm Beach Mk II – the 1956 Earl’s Court Motor Show car – is one of the leading entries at H&H’s forthcoming Chateau Impney Hill Climb auction on 11 July.

The London-based British sports car maker was famous in the 1950s for its trials, sports-touring and racing cars. In Sydney’s own hands, sharing the driving with American Tom Cole, an Allard J2 finished third overall at the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours. Allard, forever known as ‘The Guv’nor’, was also considered the father of drag racing in the UK.

The 1956 Earl’s Court Allard stand

While the name Allard is synonymous with V8-powered cars, a far rarer model was the Palm Beach; a sporting two-seater powered by a variety of four and six-cylinder engines. The car to be offered by H&H, with a Ford straight-six, was used as a company demonstrator and was on the Allard stand at the 1956 Earl’s Court Motor Show.

1956 Allard Palm Beach Mk II interior

Having spent some time outside the family’s hands, in 2012 father and son Alan and Lloyd Allard purchased it to restore. Now in superb condition having received a ‘factory restoration’ (with help from some of the original Allard engineers), it will be offered for sale by H&H at an estimate of £80,000 - 100,000. It represents a rare opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a unique piece of Allard history.

1956 Allard Palm Beach Mk II rear

Joining this significant motor car will be a selection of 70 other desirable classics, including a magnificent 1935 ‘Derby’ Bentley 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupé, a ‘modern classic’ 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5 Cosworth and a fine example of the iconic ‘Pagoda’, a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL.

Historic racers attending the Chateau Impney Hill Climb will be drawn to a variety of competition machinery ranging from the £130,000 – 150,000: a 1938 Alta Supercharged Voiturette Single Seater, to a brace of very fast Chevron sports-prototypes.

H&H Classics’ Chateau Impney Hill Climb sale will be held on 11 July 2015 at Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 0BN.

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