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Mark Arnold (acquired new via Shawnee Motors in Topeka, Kansas, in 1953)Duncan Emmons, Rancho Mirage, California (acquired circa 1975)Ken McBride, Seattle, Washington (acquired from the above in 1992)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2002)
Pacific Northwest Historics, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Washington, July 2002Pacific Northwest Historics, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Washington, July 2003Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, May 2004Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 2004Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 2005Lime Rock Historic Festival, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, September 2005Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, September 2005Pacific Northwest Historics, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Washington, July 2006Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon, July 2006Pacific Northwest Historics, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Washington, July 2008Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon, July 2008
Developed by successful British race driver and car builder Sydney Allard, the J2X was created primarily for the US market to fill America’s voracious postwar appetite for sports cars. Years ahead of the AC Cobra or Sunbeam Tiger, Allard combined a light and nimble British chassis with big American V-8 power to create a reliable and formidable automobile. Home-market cars were typically built with Ford or Mercury flathead engines, while those destined for the US were often shipped engineless to be mated with their American powerplants upon arrival.
The J2X (“X” for extended) was introduced in late 1951 as the next evolution of Allard’s highly successful J2. It featured a revised front suspension to improve handling and a relocated engine position, creating 5" of additional legroom in the cockpit. By relocating the spare wheel to the rear deck or as an optional side mount, Allard was able to fit the J2X with a 40-gallon fuel tank. This improved the car’s range, as well as its front-to-rear weight bias. Allard produced just 83 J2Xs from 1951 through 1954, including five full-bodied examples to compete at Le Mans.
According to the Allard Motor Company Ltd. build tag and other correspondence included in the car’s file, this bright red J2X was ordered with special finned aluminum drum brakes and a Pat Warren quick-change rear end. It was completed on January 25, 1953, and shipped to Shawnee Motors in Topeka,Kansas, where it received a Chrysler Hemi engine and was sold to its first owner on May 2, 1953.
Though the details of its early history are unknown, well-known Allard racer and Allard club registrar Bob Lytle discovered chassis 3161 around 1975. It had been sidelined by an electrical fire. The J2X was purchased by Allard racer and collector Duncan Emmons, who restored the car, installing a Cadillac engine. In 1992, it was purchased by Seattle-based collector and racer Ken McBride, who campaigned it in vintage events. In 2002, the consignor purchased the car from Mr. McBride, and later sent it to Donovan Motorcar Service in Lenox, Massachusetts, where a period-correct Chrysler Hemi was built and installed. The consignor has successfully campaigned the J2X at some of the most celebrated vintage racing events in the US.
Having been cared for by a succession of Allard aficionados, the condition of this J2X has been lovingly preserved and improved over the decades. It is presented with fascinating period correspondence, receipts, and logbooks. With a powerful Chrysler Hemi and lightweight aluminum bodywork, the J2X is a rare and powerful sports car that will be warmly welcomed at vintage races and touring events throughout the US and abroad.