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*Please note this vehicle is titled J2X3062.
331 Cadillac V8-Powered, Concours RestorationAlan Beal (acquired in 1969)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Los Angeles Roadsters Show, June 2011Grand National Roadster Show, January 2012 (Second in Class, Foreign Sports Car Division)
Exciting and engaging to drive, with features meant for style and performance, the Allard J2X successfully straddles the worlds of hot rods and sports cars. Truly a roadster intended for spirited driving, whether on the track or the street, the fun is in mastering its handling and its growling beast of an engine.
With the 1949 introduction of the J2 – a car designed to be successful in competition and to break into the all-important American market – along with the J2X and JR variants, Allard was a formidable force in road racing in the early 1950s. The original J2s were produced with a Ford flathead V-8 engine, but it was the choice of the new overhead-valve V8s that would give these cars their competition prowess, and often double their horsepower. The updated design of the J2X saw the engine mounts moved forward, which allowed for better steering and suspension characteristics; also, the footwells were lengthened, which enhanced drivability and comfort.
This meticulously restored 1952 example, chassis 3062, is one of only 83 J2Xs produced between 1951 and 1953. Completed in June 1952, the Allard was sent to New York, where it was originally fitted with a Chrysler Hemi engine. While details of its earliest history are currently unknown, in 1969 Alan Beal of Southern California purchased 3062, and it remained in his care for more than 40 years.
In 2010, following decades of storage, the Allard was entrusted to Steve Dennish of Limeworks Speed Shop for a ground-up restoration. The J2X was fitted with a specially built Cadillac 331 V-8, and subtle modifications were incorporated to enhance performance – but great care was taken to maintain a largely stock appearance. Fitted with six rare Stromberg 97 carburetors, forged pistons and custom-grind camshafts, and a set of Alfin drum brakes, the performance is astonishing. Finished in Ferrari Red by Cole Automotive, with a black leather interior in the original pattern, set off by dual Brooklands screens and engine-turned dashboard, every aspect of the car was addressed. A photo book chronicling the nearly two-year restoration project is included with the sale.
Soon after the restoration was complete, the gleaming red Allard was acquired by the consignor, a respected Southern California collector and enthusiast. In his care it has continued to be refined both cosmetically and mechanically. This J2X receives regular exercise and it is described as being in an ideal state of tune and extremely satisfying to drive. In fact, J2 and J2X owners tend to agree that no other car in their collections can equal the pure exhilaration that they get from their Allards on a long, spirited jaunt.