1949→1951 Allard J2
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
According to the Allard Register, around 90 J2s were made, and a later J2X version featured an all-enveloping body for LeMans.
Story by Richard Owen for Supercars.net
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|production years||1949 – 1951|
|engine||Mercury 90 Degree V8|
|valvetrain||Twin Solex Carburettors|
|displacement||3917 cc / 239.0 in³|
|bore||81 mm / 3.19 in|
|stroke||95.2 mm / 3.75 in|
|power||104.4 kw / 140 bhp @ 4000 rpm|
|specific output||35.74 bhp per litre|
|body / frame||Ladder Frame|
|wheel type||16 Inch|
|f suspension||Split Axles w/Radius Arms, Coil Springs, Dampers|
|r suspension||De Dion Axle w/Radius Arms, Coil Springs, Dampers|
|dry weight||772 kg / 1700 lbs|
|wheelbase||2540 mm / 100 in|
|front track||1422 mm / 56 in|
|rear track||1321 mm / 52 in|
|length||3759 mm / 148 in|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2011 London Auction by RM
Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview
1951 Allard J2 Le Mans Race Car 02223 – sold for $313,500
Auction Source: 2006 Monterey Preview