Allard J2 Roadster

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 car. 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 salt was quite familiar with the powerplant. The J2 utilized Allard’s preferred split beam swinging arm front suspension with coil springs and employed a deDion-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.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

283 cu. in. V8 Corvette engine, four-speed manual transmission, front suspension by coil springs and tubular shocks with straight front axle, rear suspension with deDion tube, coil springs and tubular shocks, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100".

Source: RM Auctions

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