1 of 83, No Expense Spared Concours Restoration, 331 Cadillac
Just out of 20 year collector ownership. Believed to be original
Cadillac 331 V8. Raced in period by Elgin Holmes.
Sydney Allard raced a Morgan three-wheeler in the early 1930s, then
in 1946 began building his own race cars bearing his own name,
designated J1, K1, L, and M1, designating short-, long-wheelbase,
four-seater and drop head coupe variants. They carried stark
bodywork, American 221-dic Ford and 239-cid Mercury V-8 engines.
Their performance was downright frightening.
By 1950 Allard had sold 854 cars and was marketing the J2 and K2
roadsters, and the P2 sedan, in which he won the 1952 Monte Carlo
Rally ahead of Stirling Moss, becoming the only man ever to win the
event in a car of his own manufacture.
The most familiar Allard competition car was the J2X. A barebones
racer, it had an aluminum two-seater body and Ford or Chrysler V-8
engines, ranging up to Cadillac's 220-bhp, 331-cid OHV V-8 - in a
car that weighed 2,150 pounds. The rear axle was a De Dion setup
and the front axle was a Leslie Bellamy design, split, with a
transverse spring. Given the power-to-weight ratio, handling could
be a handful and required an attentive driver.
Allard quoted J2X performance figures of 0-50 mph in 6.8 seconds,
with a 16.7 second quarter-mile time and top speed around 120 mph,
but tuned versions were certainly much faster, and dominated West
Coast racing until the arrival of the Ferrari 340MM and 375MM in
the mid-1950s. Full "Le Mans" options were offered, including
windshield, top, wipers and headlights with stone guards, but most
cars remained minimal competition racers.
This Allard J2X runs and drives as good as it looks and would make
a great addition to any collection.