Rare Allard set to tempt bidders at DVCA

| 19 Jun 2013

A 1951 Allard M2 drophead coupé – estimated to make £15-18,000 – will be one of the choice lots at Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions’ sale tomorrow.

The last remaining car of the seven originally built, the Allard was sold new in the US before being repatriated to the UK in ’88 to from part of a private collection.

Bought by its current owner in 2000, it would be converted to a period GM automatic transmission but, as other jobs took precedence, was retired to storage, not re-emerging until 2012.

The car is MoT’d until October, but its bodywork and hood mechanism are said to be in need of attention.

A 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII is expected to make even more, though, with an estimate of £45-50,000.

It was rebuilt to the 1964 works rally specification in ’89, a job that included a complete body and chassis overhaul.

The brakes were upgraded with a new servo, plus competition pads and shoes – while the suspension was also refurbished.

The engine was rebuilt, too, and uprated with a polished head, bigger valves, a rally-spec camshaft and triple 45DCOE Webers on Denis Welch special cast manifolds. The unit was then balanced and fitted with a stainless-steel exhaust.

Purchased by its current keeper in 1991, the car has yet to be used competitively and comes with plenty of bills.

A lot less (£25-28,000) should be enough to win the keys to another Austin-Healey, this time a 1955 100/4 BN1.

Coming from a deceased estate, the Healey had been owned by Dennis Rugmar since 1980.

It comes with MoTs dating back to 1984 and a history documenting work such as the fitment of a new wiring loom, a brake and steering overhaul, plus the refurbishment of the dashboard.

Stealing our attention as a possible daily driver is this LPG-converted 1979 Bristol 603S, with an estimate of £17-18,000.

The GT offers luxury motoring thanks to air-conditioning, electric seats and an automatic gearbox.

The car’s bodywork, interior and underside are all described as being in excellent condition. Its MoT is valid until October.

View the auction house’s full lot list on its website.