Car Catcher: A Well-Documented, Comprehensively Restored Allard J2

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Built with American V8 engines in mind, the Allard J2 was frequently shipped and sold without an engine. Instead, customers could configure the car with a kit that made it easier to install the V8 of their choice. The J2 would go on to find success in early SCCA events, and one even nabbed a third-place finish at the 1950 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For this 1951 Allard J2, its current powerplant is a “race-ready” Cadillac 390 V8, similar to the engine first placed in the car by its original owner, who took part in a number of events at Watkins Glen and Thompson Speedway as well as an ice race on Lake Orion, Michigan.

In the early '90s, the Allard’s owner at the time, one John Aibel, sought to bring the car back to period-correct specifications after it had changed hands—and engines—a number of times. Specifically, he installed the current Cadillac V8, Jaguar drum brakes and an “exceedingly rare factory soft top.” Aibel also restored the red leather interior and repainted the exterior in a shade similar to the original.

Available from LBI Limited for $285,000, this 1951 Allard J2 is accompanied by “multiple spares” as well as photos and documents from the car’s extensive history.

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APEowner Dork
3/24/21 1:15 p.m.

I've always liked those cars. Not $285,000 worth of like but still.

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