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In late 2003, the Allard Motor Works Inc. (AMW) in Boucherville, Quebec began construction of the MkII version of their popular Allard J2X, a commemorative edition of the legendary British competition roadster of the 1950s, the Allard J2X. Following extensive testing of two prototypes to ensure that the J2X MkII met the company’s safety, reliability, comfort and performance objectives, AMW’s production began in earnest early in 2004. Following the delivery of #001 to a new owner residing in Lawrence, KS, company President, Roger Allard commented that “This day is the culmination of years of development and testing that has seen the creation of a modern version of the Allard J2X. This is the vehicle that Sidney Allard would have dreamed of campaigning on the many race circuits that made him a legend.” True to the look of the original J2X, the J2X MkII rests on a solid CAD-designed racing chassis, with all of the performance features one would expect from a modern vehicle– independent suspension, fully‐adjustable shocks, large vented and cross‐drilled disc brakes, rack & pinion steering, a 9” differential, a 5‐speed gearbox with overdrive and a high‐performance V8.
Tailored to today’s market, the J2X MkII integrates a number of convenience features that were not part of the 1951‐54 original offerings: fully‐adjustable bucket seats, large and deep footwells, leather interior, a boot that can accommodate 2 sets of golf clubs, 12v sockets in the cockpit for mobile phones or GPS, a full‐width removable windscreen with wipers, convenient storage compartments in the cockpit and a split tonneau cover. “We have targeted our J2X MkII to the owner who is looking for an unmatched ‘WOW’ factor, but wants exclusivity”, adds the company President. “We faced many challenges in designing our roadster to meet today’s market. The critical one was increasing the level of user‐friendliness without compromising the traditional look of the car. By stretching the cockpit slightly, lowering the seating position and distributing the vehicle weight evenly front to back, we achieved a very stable and comfortable ride that optimises the high power to weight ratio of our J2X MkIIs.”
The J2X MkII on offer here is Chassis Number J2X 9019, which is also its number on the official UK-based Allard Registry, and according to the 'Certificate of Origin' with the car became the property of Roger P Allard on 5th March 2004. Whether all the production cars were initially transferred into Company President RP Allard's name before being sold on is not clear but he is certainly listed as the car's first owner. It was finished in "British Racing Green" with Tan upholstery and powered by a 350HP General Motors Ramjet 350.
There is a limited amount of history with the car and the V5 states that it was first UK registered on 22/03/2018 with one previous owner and the engine and chassis numbers match its Allard C of O, however, there are a dozen invoices totalling around £5,000 (mainly Atspeed Racing in Essex) dating from 2010 to 2012 and it appears the car was in the UK from 2010.
That lack of early history, however, does not take away from the fact that this is a simply splendid machine. This is not a V8 powered kit car like the dozens of Cobra replicas that are floating around. It's a production sports car that takes a number of visual and styling cues from Sydney Allard's creations from the '50s. Allards were putting V8 powerplants into European bodies in the 1930s before Carroll Shelby even thought of creating the Shelby Cobra. In fact, Carroll Shelby raced Allards in the 1950s and there's no denying the influence it had on him. Think of it more as a Lotus 7 on steroids, a flight of fancy that has taken form in chrome, steel and rubber.
As you can see from the photographs, the Allard is in fantastic condition and every inch (and there are a lot of those) gleams. It has obviously been cherished and by definition (there is no hood), has always been used in dry weather. It's last UK MOT was on 29/04/2019 at 13,651 miles and the current indicated mileage of 14,075, although not warranted, seems to fit with the car's condition. It's now registered as DS53 TFA and quite a lot of the paperwork has been overstamped by the DVLA. It's accompanied by an extremely smart folio faced with the car's identity plaque and containing lots of brochures, price lists, spec sheets, articles, photographs, certificates and the V5s, and MOTs etc.
This is not a car for the shy and retiring, nor is it ideal day to day transport (unless you live in California), it is simply a statement. It says - Look at me, I've got a couple of quid, I like big hairy V8-engined roadsters and the BBC have said it's not going to rain all day.
We would encourage you to make an appointment to view this well-crafted, well-engineered and superbly detailed tribute to Sydney Allard and decide whether it would fit into your life.