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1952 Allard J-2X SOLD

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Serial Number: J2X 3042
Condition: Concours
Price:  US $225,000  Currency_Convert
Location: Houston, Texas, USA

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Commencing in 1998 the car went through a 2 Ĺ year restoration by John Harden of Oklahoma City. John is the center of most things Allard in the USA and has performed various restorations of J2Xís including Brian Dietzís J2X which was on the cover of Vintage Motorsport 2000/5. This car was done right after Dietzís car and is done to the same exacting standards as that one.

The owner visited the Harden facility many times during the restoration, and has an extensive set of photographs of the restoration as it progressed. These photographs will be part of the sale. In addition he has the full restoration documents. Many of the restoration photos are displayed on the accompanying photo page.

This body had to be totally redone as at some stage of its life it had been widened at the rear (probably for drag racing in California) and the owner wanted the car to be restored to its original body configuration. Using the Harden proprietary jigs, this was achieved.

The car has the two spare wheel set up, and two filler caps on the rear. We have neatly made the left filler the fuel gauge. We have also added front and rear bumpers for practicality purposes. Original Allard style Plexiglas windshields, and tire mounted rear view mirrors with leather straps.

Behind the seats and above the fuel cell we have added a storage compartment, where the jack and related equipment are stored.

The instrument panel is done exactly as original. Instruments were all rebuilt. Dash is new and done in hand turned aluminum. Such turning is angled to the dash on both sides.

This was a body off restoration, and as such we went down to the frame. The frame was stripped to bare metal using bead blasting and John Harden strengthened the chassis in various places. This was based on Johnís extensive racing experience of J2Xís. The frame was finally painted in silver/grey.

Exhaust pipes were hand made and ceramic coated. It has side exhausts with a moderate amount of baffling. All fuel and oil lines in the engine compartment are aeroquip. Oil cooler is fitted and air enters through the bottom of the front cowling. Radiator was rebuilt in the original style with 5 cores for Texas heat. In addition we installed extra fan on front that is thermostatically operated. The car runs at 180 degs even on very hot Texas summer days. New throttle linkage.

Original Allard axle hubs are known to fail. Hence we had all new ones built.

The car has full roll bar with forward canting front brace attached to the passenger side foot well. This system is totally removable in such a way that it is not noticeable.


The Allard J-2X is the most famous of all the Allards. The cars were manufactured by Sydney Allard in London. The cars that came to the USA were imported without engines, and then the importer put engines in them. This car has a Cadillac V8.

In 1952 they were raced extensively by Carrol Shelby, Tom Cole and others, and were the most successful sports racers of that year.

This particular car #J2X3042 was imported into Los Angeles, California in February 1952 and was raced in Southern California in the 50ís. It is believed to have been used in the late 50ís as a drag racer. The car then went into disrepair and was stored in a barn for over 25 years. The owner has a more detailed chronology of its history, including the original Allard Delivery sheets and early photos of the car, all of which will be sold with the car.


Fuel System

Electrical System


Rear End





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