Sydney Allard’s 1956 Palm Beach going to auction

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1956 Allard Palm Beach made its debut at Earl's Court auto show | H&H photos
1956 Allard Palm Beach made its debut at Earl’s Court auto show | H&H photos

Sydney Allard’s own 1956 Palm Beach sports car, the one that was on the stand at the Earl’s Court Motor Show, is being offered for sale at H&H’s Chateau Impney Hill Climb auction, scheduled for July 11 in Worcestershire, England. The car is being consigned by Allard’s son, Alan, and grandson, Lloyd, who reacquired the car in 2012 and have restored it since then, H&H said in a news release.

The Allard stand at the 1956 Earl's Court show
The Allard stand at the 1956 Earl’s Court show

“While the name Allard is synonymous with V8-powered cars, a far rarer model was the Palm Beach; a sporting two-seater powered by a variety of four- and six-cylinder engines,” H&H said in its announcement. “The car to be offered by H&H, with a lusty Ford straight-six, was used as a company demonstrator and was on the Allard stand at the 1956 Earl’s Court Motor Show.

“Having spent some time outside the family’s hands, in 2012 father and son Alan and Lloyd Allard purchased it to restore. Now in superb condition having received a ‘factory restoration’ (with help from some of the original Allard engineers), it will be offered for sale by H&H at an estimate of £80,000 – 100,000. It represents a rare opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a unique piece of Allard history.”

The docket for the sale includes more than 70 cars, among them a 1935 “Derby” Bentley 3.5-liter drophead coupe, a 1938 Alta supercharged voiturette single-seat racer, a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL and a 1989 Mercedes 190 E 2.5 Cosworth.

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Lloyd (left) and Alan Allard in the family garage
Lloyd (left) and Alan Allard in the family garage
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.