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SOLD: 1953 Allard K3 Roadster

(K3/3189) Before Carroll Shelby tried his hand at creating a high-performance Anglo-American hybrid with the Ace-based Cobra, Sydney Allard had already had years of experience with breeding his small English built sports car 1953 Allard K3 Roadsterchassis with enormous American built mills. While the J2X is far better known, the K3 roadster is a far more enjoyable and useful machine as it combines a handsome, functional body with power from a 325 bhp, 331 cu. in. overhead-valve Chrysler Hemi V-8 engine.

Equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, drum brakes at all four corners it featured a semi-independent swing axle front and de Dion-type rear axle suspension for impressive handling in period. Suitably rare – with only 62 built – these cars are under appreciated by most enthusiasts as they make a useful event car and a wonderful weekend tourer.1953 Allard K3 Roadster This example was restored in the mid-90s and was recently freshened to ensure its reliable usage well into the future. It presented well and was fairly bought and sold at RM Auctions in Amelia Island for $220,000.

Images courtesy of RM Auctions.

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