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British Hotrod: 1952 Allard K2 Roadster

1952 Allard K2 Roadster Front

UPDATE 2/13/12 – Bidding went up to $120,600 but it was not enough to meet reserve.

There have been many heroes in the world of motor sports over the years. Names such as Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, and Erik Carlsson may come to mind, but how many of these great men piloted machines built with their own hands? While others drove for factory teams, Sydney Allard crafted his own cars and then proceeded to personally win with them. It has been sixty years since his 1952 Monte Carlo Rally victory, so it seems fitting to feature a creation from his portfolio. This 1952 Allard K2 Roadster is located in the small town of Verona Wisconsin. It is listed here on eBay with bidding at $78,700 and a BIN price of $144,000.

1952 Allard K2 Roadster Side

Produced as a replacement for the K1, the K2 featured a similar but improved suspension and a sleeker aluminum body. These cars arrived to our shores without engines installed, but the Ford Flathead or Cadillac V8 were the weapons of choice back then. With their lightweight bodies and big American power plants, some claim the provided inspiration for Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. We do not have proof to backup that point, but there is no denying these cars are very special beasts.

1952 Allard K2 Roadster Rear

This particular K2 is claimed to have only gone two owners in fifty years. It looks to be very original and the seller is honest about the things that they have changed. The fenders have been resprayed, seats swapped out, and a custom hood installed. Not to worry though, all the original parts are included with the sale.

1952 Allard K2 Roadster Engine

The dealer installed Cadillac V8 looks too clean to be original, but the odometer does only show 40k miles so it could be realistic. Just be sure to verify all these claims before the bidding. The seller includes their phone number in the listing, so your best course of action would be to just give them a call.

1952 Allard K2 Roadster Dash

Big black-face gauges set in an engine turned aluminum dash look great here. The AC sourced seats will hold you in place better than the factory bench. New carpet cleans things up a bit, but other than that everything appears original. The stock leather door panels are even in place with their distinctive map pockets and lightening bolt pattern.

1952 Allard K2 Roadster Grill

Many K2s were raced from new, but the seller does not mention anything about its past. Considering that there were very few of these made, it shouldn’t be too hard to track down its history. Even without racing history, this Allard is worth the asking price. Values have been skyrocketing in the last few months and with only 119 K2s produced, this may be your best option. Then again, we just featured another one back in October, but with a paint scheme a little more fitting of a British hotrod…

UPDATE: Colin from the Allard Registry just let us know that this car has actually been on the market for a while now. View their post here from all the way back in November.


  1. Dolphin Member

    This a rare one. These were produced by hand in the 1950s by Sydney Allard in the UK. The K2 (this car) was more civilized than the sportier and competition-oriented J2. The K2 has full fenders, but the J2 has cycle fenders and is a bit lighter and sleeker. They both had big American V8s installed, usually either Ford flathead or Cadillac V8s, at a time when a proper British car had a 4 cylinder engine of about 1500 cc. Some of the Ford flatheads had ARDUN overhead valve heads installed at a time when OHV engines were a new and wonderful technology on everyday cars. I remember the first time I saw one of these. A bunch of us young gearheads were standing in a courtyard with rented garages all around shooting the breeze when a J2 roared in and stopped. It sat there with the big V8 noisily idling away while the owner spoke to someone not in our group. After a minute the owner put the car in gear and it just about leapt away, there was so much torque and the car was so light. We stood there with our jaws hanging down and just looked at each other. It was one of the formative moments of my life and I will never forget it. I have hankered after large-engined performance cars ever since that day.There is a nice large brass VIN plaque on the firewall behind the carbs. The seller should post a close up photo of it in the listing because any serious buyer will want to examine it before buying.

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  2. Barn Finds

    Thanks for the info Dolphin. I bet that seeing one of these for the first time as a kid was a treat.This car is located in Verona which is only two hours from Elkhart Lake. Hmm. Makes you wonder if this car was originally purchased for a little more than just Sunday drives…

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  3. Jeff V.

    Very nice. This is only 3 miles away from the house here. I’m going to try and see it if possible. I’ll offer to trade my XJR haha

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