AJ's Car of the Day: 1953 Allard K3 Roadster

Car: Allard K3 Roadster

Year: 1953

What makes it special: It was an English bodied sports car that was geared towards the North American sports car market, but it in actuality was a form of English built Hot Rod.

What made it famous:  The majority of K3's were shipped without engines to American dealers who would then install a V8 of the buyer’s choice. Most were fitted with Cadillac engines, and many also were given speed equipment to boost their performance.

Why I would want one: It's rare factor. Plus, in addition to your choice of a V8, it was mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. Also, the K3 used a twin-tube steel chassis with a semi-independent swing axle front end and a  DeDion rear axle with inboard mounted drum brakes.

Fun fact: 57 of the 62 Allard K3s that were built in 1953 crossed the Atlantic. Allards are still manufactured today in Canada. The Allard J2 Roadsters have a starting price of around $142 K.

Photo from conceptcarz.com