Car of the Month
CAR OF THE MONTH 130: November 2018
1953 Allard P2 Safari
This most striking of vehicles (especially when seen close-up at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon) is a rare surviving example of only ten that were produced. Based on the P2 Monte Carlo 2-door saloon, the Safari variant was a massive 3-door estate car with aluminium panels and eye-catching "woody" styling. Powered by a V8 engine (usually from Ford, but this did vary) with a 112-inch wheelbase, and weighing-in at 1.5 tons, its top speed was about 85mph. Not even victory in the 1952 Monte Carlo rally by Sydney Allard himself could arrest the company's decline and the firm did not survive the 1950s.