Cars WE Like
1948 Allard ‘M’ Class Owners: Mike & Dawn Fisher, Leland
perfect automobile to highlight for our “Style” issue. The 1948 Allard has more curves than a Vegas chorus girl. Roughly 800 of these sexy M-class Allards were produced over a two-year period. The current owners were attending the Monterey Historic auto auction when they spotted the rare car in the auction lot. When bidding was said and done, it was theirs. They later learned its unique history; it is one of only three coupes ever built. Powered with the famous Ford flathead V-8 and Ford drive train, the car has a metal-over-wood body and is a right-hand drive. Allard built trucks in England during WWII and had acquired a huge stockpile of Ford parts, thus the Ford engine and drive train. Allard generally featured a large American V8 engine in a small, light British sports car body, giving a high power-to-weight ratio. Carroll Shelby drove an Allard in the 1950s before his AC Cobra creations ever were conceived. The Allard Motor Company was founded in 1936 by Sydney Allard. The company was based in Putney, London until 1945 and then in Clapham, London, produced small quantities of quality cars until its closure in 1966.
NM3 MAGAZINE ■ SEPTEMBER 2010
September 2010, designed by Godwin Jabangwe