1953 Allard Palm Beach barn find will auction

It’s not every day you discover a 1953 Allard Palm Beach hidden away in a barn in the British countryside.

On February 11 Charterhouse Auctioneers will offer one in a much anticipated classic car sale at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet.

Allard was a London based manufacturer that made use of American V8 motors, combining British design nous with transatlantic muscle.

1953 Allard Palm

British maker Allard only produced a small number of cars 

The Palm Beach (produced 1952-1958) was less punchy then Allard’s regular output, with only four and six cylinder versions available.

 “Coming to auction from a Somerset deceased estate, it is just one of 72 Allard Palm Beach cars produced”, said Charterhouse’s associate director Matthew Whitney.

“Although a distinctive looking car, it also has the characteristics of Austin Healey, AC Ace, and Frazer Nash cars.”

The most recent owner bought the model in the late 70s. It was dismantled for restoration in the 90s and was a weekend project up until he died.

The vehicle is valued at up to £20,000 ($26,775), leaving room for a decent amount of profit should the buyer choose to sell it on once the restoration is complete.

Very few have sold at auction. Another Palm Beach made $42,900 at RM Sotheby’s in 2005. It would go for much more today.

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