1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach

The 1952-1959 Palm Beach was Allard's unsuccessful try at a smaller, lighter, cheaper model to replace its V-8-powered roadsters. Built around a tubular frame and a shorter 96-inch wheelbase, the body was much like the K3's -- a full-width roadster style with a one-piece windshield and oval grille.

This was part of the 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach line.
Allard Palm Beach.  See more pictures of Allard cars.

The 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach was offered initially with British Ford four- and six-cylinder powerplants. Looking in many ways like the Swallow Doretti, the Palm Beach proved no more popular than that car.

A redesign was accordingly instituted for 1956, bringing a more shapely form reminiscent of the Austin-Healey. Ford, Jaguar, and even Chrysler V-8 engines were listed, but only seven of these Mark II cars were built.

Never a high-volume manufacturer, Allard had already peaked in the early '50s. The company closed its doors in 1959.

Pluses of the 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach:

  • Mechanical simplicity
  • Neat styling

Minuses of the 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach:

  • Very few built
  • No parts available
  • Crude and less lively compared with concurrent Austin-Healeys and Triumph TRs

Production of the 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach:
1.5 Litre: 8
2.2 Litre: 65
Mark II: 7

Specifications of the 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach:
Wheelbase, inches: 96.0
Length, inches: 156.0
Weight, pounds: 1,850/1,950
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1952-1959 Allard Palm Beach:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv I-4 508 cc (92 cid)
47* 1952-1959
ohv I-6 2,262 cc (138 cid)
68* 1952-1959


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