Sydney Allards brawny J2 was one of the first and foremost British sports cars of the post-warera targeted at the rapidly expanding American sports car market. The open-road-racing sceneexploded in the USA in the late 1940s and the Allard J2 quickly rose to prominence as adominant competitor particularly when paired with new overhead-valve V8 engines fromCadillac and Chrysler. While the J2 was undoubtedly fast it also had a reputation for wildhandling and it often took a caliber of a driver like John Fitch Carroll Shelby or Phil Hill totame it.In 1952 Allard introduced an improved version they called the J2X. Outwardly similar inappearance the J2X had a few significant alterations to enhance stability and driver comfort.Allard moved the engine forward in the chassis by 7.5 inches which actually improved thehandling balance. The front suspension and steering required significant modifications to clearthe engine necessitating a six-inch extension of the forward frame resulting in the distinctivebulges in the front bodywork. The De Dion rear axle remained the same as before with provenJaguar/Lockheed drum brakes at all four corners. Drivetrain choice was up to the buyer andmost customers chose OHV V8 engines from Cadillac or Chrysler making light work of the2300-pound J2X. Despite being less successful in competition than the J2 it replaced the J2X isuniversally lauded by todays enthusiasts as the most desirable all-round Allard sports car andone of the best to come from Sydney Allards South London workshops.According to build records and pink cards provided by the Allard Owners Club UK and theUS-based Allard Register chassis J2X 2193 is one of the earliest J2X models to arrive Statesidejust before 1952. This car was completed by Allard on November 2 1951 and dispatched forMotor Sport Inc. of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where it arrived about a month later. Build recordsreveal it left the works finished in powder blue over red leather and equipped with a blackconvertible top and red wheels. The build order also specifies chassis modifications for aChrysler engine and drivetrain which Motor Sport Inc installed upon the cars arrival inPittsburgh. Interestingly the documents show this car is early enough in J2X production that theoriginal order sheet specifies the differences between it and a J2.The original owners name is not listed and any early competition history is not known thoughit came into the care of Mr. R. Morello in 1973. Morello gradually restored the car over the yearshe owned it meticulously sourcing rare original parts along the way. By approximately 1990 hehad completed the restoration finishing it in its distinctive yellow livery. By about 2010 Mr.Morello decided to refresh the restoration after a period of storage but sadly he fell ill and wasunable to complete the project. It since transferred to the most recent owner and has undergone alight refurbishment and cosmetic freshening and is now a complete running/driving carpresented in good working order. As offered this J2X is an excellent basis to prepare for roadevents like the Colorado Grand or Copperstate 1000 and to detail or further restore to suit its nextowners wishes. The alloy bodywork is in excellent condition having been recently refinished inan attractive shade of light yellow that this car has worn for much of its life. Accenting theyellow paint are black wire wheels a single side-mount spare and a chrome roll hoop. Thecockpit consists of two heavily bolstered bucket seats trimmed in black leather. The olderDocuSign Envelope ID: F2037A8F-8876-4925-8CAF-800F8856B4A8upholstery shows some moderate patina but also possesses a pleasing character. Authentic detailslike the period-correct four-spoke Bluemelss Brooklands banjo-type steering wheel Smithstach/speedo and Stewart Warner minor instruments are all in excellent order.Power comes from a 1956-specification 354 cubic-inch Hemi V8 and the engine number isconsistent with it being sourced from a Chrysler 300B. Rated at 340 horsepower from thefactory this was the highest-output Hemi for that year. The mighty V8 breaths through a pair ofCarter four-barrel carbs with stock exhaust manifolds. Power goes rearward via the original-style3-speed Ford/Lincoln box and on to the correct-type De Dion axle.Allard only produced about 80 J2X Competition roadsters between 1951 and 1954 and theavailability of chassis 2193 represents an excellent opportunity to acquire one of theapproximately 65 known survivors. These iconic and thrilling sports cars are highly sought-afterby collectors with a passion for driving and examples are often found at the sharp end of thefield in a wide array of historic driving events. Offered publicly for the first time in decades thismarvelously authentic Allard is ready for its next caretaker to join the exclusive ranks of J2Xownership.Offers welcome and trades consideredFor additional details please view this listing directly on our website https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/6869-1952-allard-j2x-roadster/
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