Allard in museum

1952 Allard J2X

Sydney Allard founded the Allard Motor Company in southwest London in 1945. The son of a Ford dealer, Sydney early on recognized the importance of combining European chassis with potent American engines. Allard chassis were shipped to the United States hollow vessels to fill to the brim with American power. Upon arrival an engine would be mounted, a Cadillac or other big V8 or V12, melding Sydney Allard’s sporting British design style with the breadth and brawn found in the growling American V-8 engines.

The J2 was the answer to the “sports-car starved” American market of the late 1940s and early 1950s. By 1950 the J2 had already become a highly competitive international race car, and by 1957 J2 race cars had earned forty first-place finishes.

The Allard J2X is the most famous of the J2 automobiles, and a mere 83 were made between the years of 1951 and 1953. They were light and powerful, with a “cigar-shaped body” which frequently propelled drivers to racing wins, and nearly always required drivers to tame their “wild handling.”

The 1952 J2X was acquired in 1969 by Alan Beall of Southern California. In 2010 the car was completely restored by Steve Dennish of Limeworks Speed Shop. A custom V8 was placed beneath the hood; a Cadillac with forged pistons and custom-ground camshafts. A Lincoln-Zephyr transmission delivers 255 horsepower to the rear wheels. The running gear and body panels are original. Racy red paint and Brooklands windscreens provide a classic sportscar appearance.

The J2X was more recently received by the Muckel Collection, where it was updated with tan leather upholstery and correct original gauges. The “pinnacle of 50s race cars,” the J2X now resides at The Collection on Palmetto in Clearwater, Florida.

The Collection on Palmetto
  1. Welcome to The Collection on Palmetto
  2. 1928 Ahrens Fox Piston Pumper
  3. 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen
  4. 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile
  5. 1902 Locomobile Stanhope B
  6. 1904 Pope-Waverley Electric Chelsea Runabout
  7. 1904 Cadillac Model B
  8. 1906 Winton Model K
  9. 1906 White Model F Steam Car
  10. 1907 Northern Model C
  11. 1908 Locomobile Model E
  12. 1908 Schacht High Wheeler
  13. 1910 Stanley Model 70
  14. 1910 Stanley Model 85
  15. 1911 White Model GE-75
  16. 1912 Stanley Model 73
  17. 1913 Stanley Model 64
  18. 1913 Cole Series 60 Roadster
  19. 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48
  20. 1914 Ford Model T
  21. 1914 Fiat Typo 55
  22. 1915 Peerless Model 48
  23. 1915 Stanley Mountain Wagon
  24. 1925 Stanley SV
  25. 1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 Phaeton
  26. 1952 Allard J2X
  27. 1917 Dodge
  28. 1918 Cretors Popcorn Wagon