1951 Allard J2SOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 289 CID OHV Ford Hi-Po V-8 Engine 4-Barrel Holley Carburetor 306 BHP at 6,000 RPM 4-Speed Ford Close-Ratio Manual Gearbox with Hurst Gearshift 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Semi-Independent Swing-Axle Front Suspension De Dion-Type Rear Suspension About this Car: This sensational and widely praised J2 claims exceptional provenance. According to an original build sheet, construction was completed on J2121 on August 24, 1951. It was sold to B.S. Wade of Cheadle, England, on March 28, 1952, and registered as FBA 685. Originally equipped with an Ardun-modified Mercury flathead engine, the J2 changed hands several times before Gerry Belton, a former promotions manager for Allard, acquired it in 1963. Mr. Belton conducted a repaint in British Racing Green and commissioned the car’s original upholsterer to re-trim the interior. Period photographs demonstrate that he entered J2121 in the Brighton Speed Trials in Brighton, England, in 1964 and presented the car at an Allard concours in 1966. In 1968, Mr. Belton sold J2121 to Bob Judd, an American advertising executive working in London who had owned other Allards. Mr. Judd soon undertook mechanical measures that transformed the car into “the ultimate Allard,” as Simon Taylor described it in the August 29, 1969, issue of Autosport magazine. As Taylor recounted, the J2 required an engine rebuild upon Mr. Judd’s purchase, and he then considered installing a new Shelby Cobra-specification 289 cid Ford engine. Before Mr. Judd carried out this engine change, he took the J2 to the old Allard works in Clapham, London, and asked – the old craftsmen who built this car 18 years earlier – if, instead of rebuilding the old engine, would it be sacrilege to fit a brand-new Cobra unit? The old craftsmen asked if it would make it go faster, and Mr. Judd said it would. “Put it in then. That’s what Sydney [Allard] would have done!” Duly encouraged, Mr. Judd commissioned Bob Rayner of the Acre Road Garage to install the 289 engine as well as a close-ratio Ford gearbox. The Cobra engine’s lighter weight surely enhanced the J2’s famously capable handling and acceleration. As Taylor described, “With identical power and torque and similar weight to the AC Cobra, the [J2] is certain to be as quick as it felt. Once underway it just thunders forward, its snub green nose swallowing up the road and its Wagnerian exhausts seeming to blow everything else off the road.” In 1969, Mr. Judd sold J2121 to Otto Bowden, a fascinating Ferrari and Bugatti collector recruited out of law school by the FBI for foreign service during WWII. Returning to Jacksonville, Florida, to practice law, Mr. Bowden became an avid enthusiast of aviation and automotive pursuits, even founding the local Jacksonville Sports Car Club, eventually an SCCA affiliate. Notably, in the early 1970s, Mr. Bowden and J2121 were the subject of a print magazine advertisement for Champion spark plugs. The ad touted that Mr. Bowden crowned his “better-than-showroom condition” restoration of the J2 with the installation of Champion plugs, illustrated in a photograph depicting the J2 and its smiling owner. Remaining in Mr. Bowden’s collection for nearly 40 years, J2121 was garaged in the company of several vintage Ferraris and a Bugatti Type 40. In 2008, J2121 was acquired by the consignor, who quickly opted to return the car to its original specifications with the addition of the paint and engine modifications made in the 1960s. Discovering that the current engine was a 225 hp Ford motor, the owner procured a 1965 Cobra motor; had it fully balanced and blueprinted, and fitted with an all-roller valve train; oversize Manley valves; and jet coated custom tubular exhaust headers, which were then installed in the J2 during a comprehensive restoration carried out by Gassman Automotive Products of Waynesboro, Virginia. This work included stripping, straightening, and powder coating the chassis, re-bushing the suspension, refurbishing the gauges, reupholstering the interior in cork Connolly leather, and executing a bare-metal repaint in Allard British Racing Green. Completed in 2011 in time for the Amelia Island Concours in which Allard was a featured marque, the six-month, 80-hour-per-week restoration resulted in immediate exhibition acclaim, which included being displayed at the Amelia Concours in 2011; being awarded Best in Show at the 2011 All British Car Concours in Winter Park, Florida; winning the Spirit of the Road Award at the 2012 Boca Raton Concours and an Amelia Award at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Last July, the car was also the subject of a feature article in Classic Motorsports magazine. One of just 43 remaining examples of 90 originally built, this extensively documented J2 is accompanied by an original build sheet and British registration log; factory inspection certificates; copious original equipment; a tonneau cover; the original full windscreen with dual electric wipers; Dunlop Racing 6.50 x 16 tires; two sets of leather seats; tools; removable mud-flaps for the front fenders; triple panel heat and sound insulation for the firewall and floor; race-worthy lap belts; a set of racing goggles; a racing-style, quick release steering wheel; a rare autographed copy of Tom Lush’s book titled Allard; and a copy of David Kinsella’s book titled Allard, which contains a photograph of Simon Taylor driving J2121. The consignor states that it retains all of its original aluminum bodywork – unusual considering many Allards were damaged during racing – and continues to display the benefits of its award- winning restoration. Given its famous magazine appearances, powerful specifications, long period of single ownership, and the no-expense- spared restoration, J2121 undoubtedly lives up to its billing as “The Ultimate Allard.”

Reference Number 212965

as of 3/14/2013

Car 1951 Allard J2
VIN 99J2121 
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Formerly the Property of Bob Judd and Otto Bowden