1953 Allard J2X

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1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

The competition-model two-seated Allard J2 was introduced in 1949. The J2 was fitted with a big Chrysler or Cadillac engine that developed phenomenal torque at low speeds. ....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: J2X3144
Engine Num: 2350

There were just 83 examples of the Allard J2X produced with production beginning in late 1951 and continuing until 1954. There were several distinguishing features between the J2 and the J2X, such as a new front suspension consisting of radius rods ....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

The Allard Motor Company was born in 1946. His creations sported Ford flathead V8s topped with Allard's own intake and cylinder head designs. By the early 1950s, larger V8s, like Cadillac OHV and the Chrysler Hemi were finding their way into Allard's....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: J3202

This Allard J2X is one of only 85 built and one of nine which came from the factory with the 'Le Mans' style enclosed body. Bought brand new by Masten Gregory and shipped to him in Topeka, Kansas, Gregory raced the car in a few club events and then a....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

Most Allards had one of several engines installed: a Ford 221 cubic-inch V8, a Chrysler 331 cubic-inch Hemi V8 or a 331 cubic-inch Cadillac V8. This car has a DeSoto Hemi V-8, the only Allard known to be so equipped.....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 3146

Carroll Shelby, at the time a novice driver, drove this car to victory in every race entered in 1953. In January of 1954, Shelby placed 10th at the 1000KM of Buenos Aires (1st US Car) - caught the attention of the big European teams - and the rest ....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

Sydney Allard was a bit of a pioneer, installing American-built V-8 engines in a British car. After World War II, British motor trader Sydney Allard started the Allard Motor Company Ltd. The majority of these cars were exported to America without eng....[continue reading]

1953 Allard J2X vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 2092

This 1953 Allard J2X Competition Roadster is powered by a 331 V8 engine producing 370 horsepower. The car came with two fuel fillers and was useful when new but was later changed to the single 'Indy' type fuel filler. The car did not come equipped wi....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: J2X3144 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: J3202 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: 3146 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: 2092 

History

In 1929 Sydney Herbert Allard began working in the Adlards Motors garage, an official Ford dealer, preparing racers for international motor racing. His Allard Specials quickly proved their potential and Allards reputation began to build. After racing motorcycles and three-wheeled Morgan's, he began racing four-wheeled vehicles. During World War II, the Allard Motor Company repaired military vehicles. Though their duties kept them very busy, Allard still found time to design and build sports cars.

In 1936 the first Allard Special, commonly referred to as the CLK5 because of its registration number, had been created using Ford products. It sat atop a Ford 40 chassis, outfitted with a Ford flat-head V8 engine, and given a Bugatti Type 51 body. The cockpit was pushed back as far as possible with much of the weight resting on the rear wheels. The lightweight construction and ample ground clearance made the Allard Special a formidable opponent on the racing circuit. This success translated to increased interest in a production version of the Special. Prior to World War II, a few Specials were created that were powered by the Ford V8 or a Lincoln V12. The flat-head engine and its manifold design was its Achilles heal, which often overheated at high speeds. Nevertheless, the Specials continued to be highly competitive, though produced in limited numbers.

After World War II, Allard introduced the J1. Under the hood was a 3.6 liter Ford V8 engine matted to a three-speed manual gearbox. The engine continued to suffer from overheating problems and was criticized as being underpowered. The front suspension was a split axle with a live axle in the rear. Transverse leaf springs were also used in the front and rear. The J1 carried a full body with removable wings which could be replaced with cycle fenders, leaving the J1 prepared for road and track. In total there were twelve examples of the J1 produced.

The J1 was quickly followed by the K1, a two-seater sports car. Produced in larger quantities, the K1 was profitable and provided means in which to continue their race car creations.

The next iteration of the Allard race cars was the J2, introduced in 1950 and designed similar to its J1 sibling. The transverse leaf springs of the J1 were replaced with coils and the live axle was changed in favor of a De Dion setup. The engine was moved even further back putting extra weight on the rear tires, a design Allard continued to favor. The Ford side-valve V8 was the engine of choice however a variety of engines were used including Cadillac's pushrod V8 and Chrysler's HEMI.

A year later the J2X was introduced which was nearly identical to the J2 but had its engine moved forward providing more cockpit room. The J2X Le Mans and JR were enclosed bodies and the final iteration of the J2 racer.

Sydney Allards greatest appearance at a sporting event came in 1950 when he and Tom Cole drove a J2, powered by a Cadillac engine, to a first in class victory and third overall finish at the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans race. This was truly an impressive accomplishment and a testament to the abilities of the automobile. The Allard J1, J2, and J2X racers have dominated racing on many continents and continue to provide stiff competition in modern Historic sporting events.

In 1959 Allard was forced to cease production due to financial difficult and rising competition from other marques. A total of 1908 Allards had been constructed.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2006

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