1952 Allard K2 Touring Cadillac-Engined RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $150,000


$220,000 Sold

140bhp, 239 cu. in. Ford L-Head V8 engine, dual-barrel Ford carburetor, three-speed manual gearbox, split axle semi-independent front suspension with deDion rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100"

Sydney Allard was an ingenious and competitive specials builder in the UK who became very successful building trials cars before World War II. The family’s Ford dealership provided the home for his efforts and most of the components upon which they were based, however following the war, he was forced to get serious about building cars.

This was the period when England was desperate to rebuild its domestic economy, decimated by years of aerial attacks and war focused production. Exports were essential and H.M.’s government decreed that scarce resources would be allocated only to those enterprises which produced hard currency revenue. Faced with limits on the supply of parts and material to return to racing, Sydney Allard did what any self-respecting racer would; he adapted his V8 powered prewar trials car to circuit racing and looked for customers in the world’s hard currency capital, the U.S.

The medium for this enterprise was called the J2. It was as spartan as a spartan race car could be, and was built along the rugged lines of Allard’s prewar trials cars. Powered by the reliable and readily available Ford flathead, the J2 was easily modified and maintained, as there was certainly no shortage of speed equipment geared to the L-Head V8 and any mechanic worth his spit was quite familiar with the powerplant. The J2 utilized Allard’s preferred split beam swinging arm front suspension with coil springs and employed a de Dion-style live axle with inboard drum brakes. The brakes themselves came from the Jaguar XK 120, but worked much more effectively on the 700 pound lighter Allard.

Stuffed full of American V8, the Allard J2s were rip-snorting, loud, thumping creatures that inspired drivers and spectators with their looming presence and thunderous performance. There was nothing subtle about a J2 on the track; finesse had no place in the J2’s performance equation. It was a deafening, brutal balance between torque and control.
The typical Allard body was very much in the spirit of the times – a simple two-seater with cycle fenders. The car was festooned with blisters, fairings, vents and louvers with small cowlings in front of each occupant’s seat where they crouched behind a pair of Brooklands aeroscreens.

Allard built only 90 examples of the J2 before it was revised and renamed the J2X in 1952. The production of the J2X would only last between 1952 and 1954 before Sidney turned his attention to newer manifestations of the Allard concept and, except for a later venture into drag racing, abandoned the American V8 in British chassis concept for later exploitation by Carroll Shelby with the Ford engined AC Ace.

The 1952 Allard J2 chassis no. 2122 presented here was originally sold from the London Allard showroom May 1st, 1952. A right hand drive example, the Allard was imported to the United States by noted collector Charles Bronson.

The J2 has been restored in the classic Allard color, British Racing Green; it has matching steel wheels with chrome Allard script hubs, cycle front fenders, Lucas headlamps, dual exhausts and dual screens. The interior is fitted with black leather seats and features a banjo style steering wheel, Cooper Stewart gauges and a machine turned dash.
The J2 is equipped with a Ford flathead V8 engine with a Ford Model 21-29 carburetor. This engine, when fitted to the J2, produced approximately 120 brake horsepower. Included in the sale is an Edelbrock crate engine that, if shoehorned under the bonnet of the J2, would most certainly elevate its performance to all new heights.

Still wearing its original British license plate number ONK 21, this J2 would compliment any British motor car collection. Sidney Allard’s creations will forever have a place in the history books, and with vintage road racing so popular in the world today, we expect many event organizers would welcome this charming example.

Reference Number 7593

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1952 Allard K2 Touring Cadillac-Engined Roadster
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