Allard J2X Race Car
If hot rods had been invented in England, Sydney Herbert Allard would have been their originator. In 1936 he assembled a trials machine from Ford and Bugatti parts. His 1949 British Hill Climb Championship came at the wheel of a fearsome Special with four rear wheels and powered by a war surplus V8 Steyr tank engine. Allard’s first postwar production models featured Ford’s Flathead V8s, axles, gearboxes, steering and rear ends. When late 1950s large American OHV V8s became available, hot rodder Allard wasted no time shoe-horning these into his new J2X model. J2Xs were extensively raced in the United States, scoring convincing victories over the latest Ferraris and Jaguars in the hands of such legends as Tom Cole, Erwin Goldschmidt and Fred Wacker.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
400 hp, 364 cu. in. Buick OHV V8 with two Carter carburetors on Offenhauser intake, Muncie four-speed transmission, independent front and DeDion rear suspension, four coil springs, four tubular shock absorbers, four-wheel drum brakes, Dayton wire wheels with Bridgestone radial tires. Wheelbase: 100".
Source: RM Auctions