Having completed the war years building and repairing trucks, primarily Fords, for the British War Office, Sydney Allard entered the postwar years full of enthusiasm for building Ford-engined sporting automobiles. The first of these were announced in The Autocar on February 1, 1946 and proved to be immediately successful with production of the Drophead coupe "M" model reaching 500 units during its four years in production. This 1949 right-hand drive M1 Drophead coupe is an amazingly well preserved highly original survivor with an old repaint in maroon, maroon carpets, black cloth top and its original red leather upholstery. It was completed May 26, 1949 and delivered to its first owner in Oxford, England. It still bears its UK registration plate, FBL 687. Power comes from a flathead Ford V8 engine with a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission. The interior is attractively trimmed in leather with wood moldings and dashboard. The body is remarkably sound, showing no signs of rust or body damage aside from some easily repaired dings and small dents and it still retains all its original and hard to find trim pieces. It can be driven and enjoyed as it but its condition and completeness make it the perfect basis for a straightforward restoration. Allards are important, attractive, desirable, and widely recognized early postwar examples of the blending of British and European standards of handling and performance with the reliability and power of American engines, and this is a delightfully well preserved specimen.
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