Allard J2 1950. Chassis number 1570. Registration number MWE 254. Finished in period dark green with full leather trim. Fitted with newly rebuilt correct period Cadillac 331cu in ohv V8 giving circa 280 hp, coupled to an overhauled period Moss 4 speed gearbox. History: The Allard J2 model was announced in 1949 to much acclaim, and achieved early racing success in both the UK and America. Just 99 cars were built over a period of eighteen months; Chassis Number 1570 was the tenth car off the line and was delivered on 26th January, 1950 to the Allard dealership, Tate of Leeds. Finished then in Black with red trim and fitted with the then standard Ford Mercury side valve V8. The car was sold to a Mr. Maurice Wilde in April; Wilde was an enthusiastic racer and contended in many events with this car in 1950 and 1951. He also installed the previously unobtainable and very desirable new Cadillac 331 ohv V8 of 5420 cc. In August 1950 Wilde finished 3rd at Croft behind winner Frank Curtis in Allard J1574. A friend of Wilde, Grand Prix racer T.C. Harrison (known as Cuth) was invited to drive on occasions, including the unlimited class at Gamston, finishing third. In addition, the car was entered and practiced at Dunrod in appalling conditions and did not make the start; the race was won by Moss in an XK120. Wilde sold the car to a Mr. Norman Woodhouse, who continued to compete in the car, although infrequently, and he sold it in 1963 to a Mr. Arthur Welton, who commenced strip down, intending a full refurbishment, but soon gave up the project and sold it on to a Mr. Malcolm Dungworth. Dungworth completed the work and competed in the car during 1964 in speed events, with a class win at Harewood Hill Climb and a team win at Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb. However, Dungworth was persuaded to buy a TVR with factory support for 1965 and so reluctantly sold the Allard to a Mr. Paul Hope of Eccles, who promised he would never sell the car! During his ownership the engine gave up and he installed a Jaguar unit. However, he did sell the car in the late 60s to the well known classic car collector and enthusiast, Brian Classic, who kept it for two years until selling it to a Mr Terry Bennett. The car went to America with Mr Bennett for several years until returning in the eighties with a Ford 289 V8 now installed. Brian Classic purchased the car back from him until selling it in 1987 to Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths Collection and was supposedly raced during that time by Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame. In 1995 Nick Mason sold the car to racing driver/motor dealer, Frank Sytner, and via Coys it passed to long term recent owner, Mr. Arthur Kelly. Kelly intended to enter the car into the Mille Miglia, but never got around to installing a required period engine and gear box. He used the Allard for touring over his many years of ownership and kept it in first class order. However, in 2013, the maintenance requirements and lack of use persuaded him to sell the car. Allard enthusiast and Historic racer, Malcolm Verey, had heard of this J2 via the Allard Owner’s Club and managed to acquire the car with the intention of preparing it for the Mille Miglia. The car was placed in the capable hands of Allard specialists, RW Racing Services Ltd at Evenley, near Silverstone, who have installed a newly built up Cadillac 331 engine, together with a correct period Moss gearbox, new fuel tank, radiator, wiring etc., together with other restorative works. The car is being prepared for FIA/HTP papers and to comply with Appendix J and K requirements, but will not have a roll bar or seat belts, as allowed for Period E cars. However, the car will have current FIVA papers, allowing entry to the Mille Miglia. Malcolm has enjoyed spending some time with Mr Kelly who has regaled him with tales of his touring exploits during his many years of ownership, and has also had the opportunity to meet up with the sixties owner Malcolm Dungworth who has been very helpful regarding the history of the car. Similarly, in recent times, Malcolm has spoken at length with Brian Classic, who has helped to date and detail aspects of the history of the car, together with providing some photographs, and so now the continuous history of this significant car is complete. This rare and important Allard J2 will be eligible for entry to the most prestigious Historic racing events, such as the Goodwood Revival, Monaco Historic Grand Prix and Classic Le Mans, plus numerous other Historic race series including the RAC Woodcote Trophy. Today, as in the early fifties, an Allard J2 is still a front line car and capable of competing with and beating such cars as Jaguar C and D Types, HWM and similar marques. We are pleased to offer this superb and exciting car at £345 000.
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