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Allard Dragster 5.8

On Display

In 1950 drag racing was started to keep young American tearaways from racing their cars on the public roads.

Following a visit to the USA, Sydney Allard built this car, Britain's first dragster. It was powered by a Chrysler 5.8-litre V8 engine.

This car did a lot to kindle interest in Britain. Smaller versions called Dragons with supercharged Ford 1.5-litre engines were later built for sale.

Year1961
CountryBritish
Capacity5,800cc
CylindersV8
Valves16 overhead
Output480hp @ 5,000rpm
Maximum speed170+mph/274+kph
Price newNot marketed
ManufacturerAllard Motor Co. Ltd

 

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