1951 Allard J2 Roadster
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Sydney Allard was a experienced English racing driver who raced cars at LeMans and the Mille Miglia bearing his own name. Of all the cars he built, the J2 of 1950 received the most attention and reflected his racing background.
J2 was a limited production racing car, and since Allard didn't manufacture their own engines, many were fitted with American V-8s. The standard unit was the Mercury V8, which was bored and stroked to produce 140 bhp. However, many cars came to US with out engines to take any combination of engine and transmission. When combined with the 331 cu. in. Cadillac or Chrysler 331 Hemi Firepower the J2 was a particularly potent contender.
These powerful American engines combined with a rigid chassis and a small, cycle wing body to give an exceptional power to weight ratio. Contributing to good handling was a chassis constructed using small diameter tubes, a de-Dion rear axle to help keep the rear wheels connected to the road and the large aluminum Alfin drum brakes.
The J2s best moment came at LeMans, when a 5.4 liter, Cadillac-engined car placed third at the 1950 Lemans behind the winning Talbots
Altogether, around 200 J2s were made, and a later J2X version featured an all-enveloping body for LeMans.
Story by Richard Owen for Supercars.net
Chassis & Sales
1952 Allard J2X 'Little Red' Chassis no. J2X3142 - sold for $194,000
This J2X has a fairly well documented history. In May 1984 it was purchased by Duncan Emmons, who had established his body shop/garage in Rancho Mirage California in 1955. Duncan was an avid vintage racer and was enthusiastic for the big American engine specials of the 50s. He suffered a fatal heart attack while doing what he loved, vintage racing his 1953 Kurtis 500S at his favorite vintage event, the Coronado Classic. The present vendor boug... more
Gallery: 2009 Bonhams Exceptional Motorcars at Quail Lodge Resort
1951 Allard J2 J2089 - sold for €175,392
According to the factory production records contained in Tom Lush’s book Allard: The Inside Story, this car, chassis number J2089, was despatched on 31 July, 1951 to Cuba. As an illustration of the worldwide reputation of the Allard marque, surrounding chassis numbers in the list went as far afield as Australia, Singapore, Malaya, Japan, Finland and the USA.
In its current form the car offers electrifying performance; the engine fitted is r... more
Gallery: 2011 London Auction by RM
1951 Allard J2 99J2121 - sold for $330,000
Named as the “Ultimate Allard” by Simon Taylor. Shelby Cobra 289-Specification Engine. Featured in Numerous Automotive Magazines. Award-Winning 2011 Restoration
An Exceptionally Well-Documented Example. One of the Finest of the 43 Surviving J2 Allards. Single Ownership for 39 Years.
Gallery: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company