Racing driver Sydney Allard’s post-war cars combined the same virtues of light weight, independent front suspension and an abundance of American V8 power, which had been features of his first trials special of the mid-1930s. These favourable characteristics enabled Allard cars to establish a formidable competition record in the immediate post-war years; Allard himself finishing 3rd at Le Mans in a J2 two-seater and winning the Monte Carlo Rally outright in a P2 saloon.
Introduced in 1952, the pretty, alloy-bodied Palm Beach was Sydney Allard’s final sports car design, employing a K3-type tubular chassis and his trademark independently suspended swing axles at the front with a coil-sprung live axle at the rear. Four- and six-cylinder engines were sourced from Ford, while the restyled 1956-onwards MkII could be had with Jaguar XK power. Approximately 80 of all types were built up to 1958.
The left-hand drive example offered here is known to have been owned by the Allard family passing through the hands of the great Sydney Allard to his son Alan Allard from whom the vendor acquired the car.
In fantastic condition this lovely example has recently undergone much restoration work including a full respray and overhaul of the four-speed gearbox with overdrive. The hand-built alloy body and tubular chassis are both reported to be in very good condition as is the dual fuel tanks and fillers. A special new large radiator, twin electric fans and new set of Blockley tyres have recently been fitted and included in the sale are various spares. With just 72 examples built the Palm beach is a powerful and nimble road and racing car with performance that exceeds the likes of the lightweight Jaguar XK120s of its era.