Car & Classic Dealer

Hyman Ltd Classic Cars

2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63146

63146

1953 Allard J2X Roadster For Sale

As stated

Price As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Allard
  J2X
Year 1953
Country United States of America
Region International
Status Trade
  04-Jul-2021
Ref C1249686
1953 ALLARD J2X ROADSTER
Sydney Allard’s brawny J2 was one of the first post-war British sports cars explicitly targeted at the burgeoning sports car scene in America. The popularity of racing on public road courses like Pebble Beach, Elkhart Lake, and Watkins Glen had exploded in the late 1940s, and the Allard J2 quickly rose to the top as a dominant competitor, particularly when paired with Cadillac’s spectacular new overhead-valve V8 engine. While the J2 was undoubtedly fast, it also had a reputation for wild handling, and it often took a caliber of a driver like John Fitch, Carroll Shelby, or Phil Hill to tame it.

In 1952, Allard introduced an improved version known as the J2X. Outwardly similar in appearance, the J2X had a few significant alterations to improve stability and driver comfort. Allard moved the engine forward in the chassis by 7. 5 inches, which improved the handling balance. That required a rework of the front suspension, steering, and a six-inch extension of the forward frame. The de Dion rear axle remained the same as before, with proven Jaguar-sourced Lockheed drum brakes at all four corners. Like the J2, engine choice was up to the buyer, and most customers chose the latest OHV V8 engines from Cadillac, Buick, Olds, and Chrysler – all of which made light work of the 2, 300-pound car. By the time the J2X landed, Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, and others pushed American sportscar racing into a new era, with professional teams, big-name drivers, and increasingly exotic machinery. While the J2X had a considerably shorter motorsport career than the J2, it considered by marque aficionados to be the best driving and most desirable machine to come out of Sydney Allard’s workshop.

Chassis number 3162 is one of the best-known J2Xs in America. One of only 83 J2Xs built, this marvelous car has enjoyed a long and storied career as a vintage racer in the hands of Allard enthusiast Robert Lytle. It boasts a fascinating and well-documented history, back to the day it was ordered. The history file contains the original order records, build sheets, numerous documents, and photos from the time it was new through its time as a dragster and its long vintage racing career with Mr. Lytle.

On December 5, 1952, the Allard Works in Clapham received the order for a left-hand drive J2X, to be prepared for a Cadillac drivetrain. A letter dated January 14, 1953, notes more details, including the color request of gunmetal gray with six red wheels, red leather racing seats, and an urgent appeal to have the car ready for the World Motor Sports Show. Upon arrival in the ‘States, the original owner, Mr. Fred Asche, had the rolling chassis delivered to the legendary speed shop Bill Frick Motors of Rockville Center, Long Island. There, Frick and his team installed a 331 cubic-inch Cadillac V8 paired with a 3-speed LaSalle gearbox.

Asche only owned 3162 for a brief period, before selling it to Jerry Hardisty at the 1955 Sebring race. Hardisty then traded it to Joe Amann of St. Louis, Missouri, around 1957. Joe and his brothers repainted the car red and enjoyed it in the St. Louis area, winning a 2nd place trophy at the 1958 Concours d’Elegance of St. Louis. After its time with Amann, the Allard made its way to Michigan and was later acquired by David Cranston of Flint, who paid $1, 800 for the car with a broken Cadillac engine. Conveniently for Mr. Cranston, his father worked for the Buick Motor Division of GM and had access to a supply of experimental engines and parts that they tested in the Allard. Cranston converted 3162 into a dragster, fitting a specially prepared 364 cubic-inch Buick Nailhead mated to a 4-speed Corvette gearbox and 11” wrinkle-wall slicks. It was reportedly capable of more than 500 horsepower and turning 10-second quarter-mile runs!

After two additional owners, Bob Lytle found 3162 advertised for sale in 1981. On Christmas that year, he bought the car sight unseen and booked a one-way flight to Tampa, Florida. Bob then drove the J2X some 3, 000 miles back home to Los Angeles in brutal, often freezing conditions. Once home in California’s warmth, he embarked on an extensive multi-year restoration to return the car to fighting shape. The years of drag racing took its toll on the chassis, which showed some fatigue from hard landing wheelies. Thankfully, the J2X was in capable hands. Bob was a lifetime sportscar enthusiast, devoted marque enthusiast, and experienced mechanic, doing nearly all the restoration work himself – from fabricating body panels to the porting and polishing work on the Buick Nailhead V8. He finished it off with a beautiful black paint job accented with red leather. Bob took numerous photos of the progress and wrote a comprehensive summary of the work, which remain with the car.

The overhaul of J2X 3162 was completed in August 1984, just in the nick of time to debut it at the Monterey Historic races at Laguna Seca. From that first appearance in 1984 through his death in 2009, the Allard and Bob in his signature goggles and black open-face helmet were stalwarts of the festival. While Laguna was a highlight of his year, he also loved racing at Willow Springs and took part in numerous other events around the country, including several Allard reunion gatherings. As the business of vintage racing grew more elaborate and exclusive, Bob and his so-called “Unpretentious Racing Team” steadfastly maintained a light-hearted attitude in the paddock, always at the ready to share a drink, swap stories, and lend a hand to his fellow competitors. He and his iconic black Allard were beloved by countless lifelong enthusiasts.

Today, J2X 3162 remains very much as Bob Lytle raced it for so many years. Still in its signature black livery with white “65” roundels, the car wears a fabulous patina earned through more than 10, 000 miles of track duty. It wears its multitude of participant stickers as badges of honor, with well-worn red leather on the racing seats. The big Buick V8 is in its rightful place under the hood. This engine has only ever been in 3162, sourced through “back door” channels at GM, and never installed in a passenger car. Bob felt keeping the engine was essential to preserving the car’s unique history, and we are thankful he did.

Accompanying the sale is a vast photo album and a stack of race programs documenting its history, restoration, and Bob Lytle’s years of on-track exploits. Wonderfully preserved with a fabulous character, it is now ready for its next chapter and would be the ideal entry into a wide array of rallies, tours, and historic racing events around the world, from Laguna Seca to Le Mans.



Offers welcome and trades considered



$239, 500
STOCK NUMBER 6703
For immediate assistance please call us at +1-the details below
Car and Classic logo Compare classic car insurance quotes Get a quote
Login to edit this advert
Similar Adverts

Allards P1 two door saloon. Sydney Allard won the 1952 Monte Carlo rally in one of these cars. An accolade on the best vehicle manufacturers can claim. Finished in blue with a red leather interior. Some ten years ago this car had an extensive overhaul. EZ power steering was added in 2014 making the car much easier ...

17,000
Devon
Private

ALLARD J2X MkII, LHD, 2003 14,100 MILES RACING GREEN WITH TAN HIDE INTERIOR Hexagon Classics are delighted to offer this Allard J2X MkII, which is a hand-crafted roadster version of the famous J2X competition car. Retaining the classic design, this car cleverly incorporates the latest technology to provide a safer, ...

14,100
London

1948 ALLARD K1 1000 MIGLIA ELIGIBLE MARQUE ALLARD MODEL K1 YEAR 1948 PRICE EURO ON REQUEST CHASSIS N. 71K251 ENGINE FORD 5E153 CAPACITY 3917cc OWNERS 1 SINCE 2004 CERTIFICATIONS FIVA INTERIOR BROWN OUTSIDE RED SOFT TOP BLACK NOTE Purchased by the last owner in England in 2004 in excellent condition, it was ...

Italy

Very rare and well documented Allard K2 in perfect condition with all history from new ! This is one of 119 Allard K2's produced between 1950 and 1952 ! At this moment only 25 K2's are known by the Allard owners club ! Exported new to New York in 1951 to Imported Motor Company Inc. and sold to it's first owner Mr. Bien ...

40,328
Belgium

- Chassis # 99J2123 - Engine # 96X104846 - Known History From New With Factory Build Sheets - Fantastically Documented Period Race History - Comprehensively Restored To Period-Correct Specifications - Featuring Rare Speed Equipment Upgrades The Allard Motor Company was founded in 1945 by Sydney Allard, the son ...

United States of America

1952 Allard J2X Roadster Sydney Allard’s brawny J2 was one of the first and foremost British sports cars of the post-war era, targeted at the rapidly expanding American sports car market. The open-road-racing scene exploded in the USA in the late 1940s, and the Allard J2 quickly rose to prominence as a dominant competitor, ...

United States of America

Allard M Type 1949. Reg MUA735, Dark blue body with light blue interior. Professionally restored to a very high standard for the previous owner in the early late 1990s / early 2000s. Many photos of the rebuild / Restoration. All work completed to a factory standard, including new ash frame, rebuilt suspension, Engine ...

35,000
Northamptonshire
Private

Allard 1951 reg shortened chassis p1 saloon rebodied as j2 discs all round 3.5 buick/rover v8 offy inlet holley carb, 5 speed, flyscreens and full screen, knock off wires very authentic correct registration

30,000
Hampshire
Private

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 12 - 14 August 2021. Estimate:$225,000 - $275,000 USD One of approximately 90 examples produced; delivered to the West Coast and raced in-periodUpgraded in-period with a Corvette 283-cu. in. V-8 and Corvette gearboxA nicely presented restoration with thoughtful competition-focused ...

United States of America