The Allard Motor Company produced a unique range of Touring models, all strong, simple and competitively priced for their ‘mass-market’ customers. Some models, primarily the M & P Type’s became extremely popular with a reputation for rugged reliability and solid performance – as a result, they sold in relatively high volume in Britain, Europe and the United States.
Ever innovative, the Allard Motor Company strived also to offer it’s customers new alternatives to ‘modern-day’ motoring, however, the infamous Allard Clipper was perhaps a little too ahead of it’s time. Powered by a 350cc Villiers two stroke motorcycle engine, it was of the world’s first ‘micro cars’. Produced in very low numbers, reputedly only one Clipper was sold – Rumour has it, that one intrepid Customer arrived at the Clapham works by taxi, cheerfully paid for his state-of-the-art micro car and immediately set off for his home in Scotland. That was the last time the Allard Motor Company saw, or even heard from, their one and only Clipper customer.
Allard M Type
Years of Manufacture: 1947/50
Numbers produced: 500
500 examples of the Allard M type were produced, the large majority in drophead version, but three cars were produced as hardtop coupes – it is thought only one of these examples survives. The M type proved to be extremely popular with Allard customers, including Hollywood star, Dirk Bogarde.
Wheelbase: – 9ft 4 inches
Track Front: – 4ft 6 inches
Rear: – 4ft 10 inches
Overall length: – 15ft 3 inches
Width: – 5ft 11 inches
Weight: – 26cwt
The M was nearly identical to the L model except that it featured had a non-stowable folding top and a wider rear track of 58” as opposed to 52”. Both cars featured a long 112” wheel base. Called the Coupe’ in company literature, the car was intended as a comfortable, yet sporting 4-seat all-arounder.
In addition to being very popular with the general public, the M was a very popular rally car, having competed successfully throughout Europe. Leonard Potter placed 4th in the 1948 Monte Carlo and together with A. Godsal and Godfrey Imhoff they won the team prize for Allard.
The M was Allard’s second most popular model, with 500 cars built from 1946 through 1950. 93 M’s are known to exist today. The Allard motor company also sold many M Coupe’s as a stand-alone chassis for tax reasons. In fact, two M chassis were bodied as fixed-head coupe’s.
M TYPE SPECIFICATIONS
Years Produced: 1946 to 1950
Quantity Produced: 499
Existing: 99 (20%)
Track: 56" Front / 58" Rear
Front Suspension: Divided Front Axle
Rear Suspension: deDion
Weight: 2,600 pounds (dry)
Tires: 16 x 5"
Fuel Capacity: 17 imp gallons
Engine: Ford 21-Stud / Ford-Mercury 24-Stud
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