Our Video of the Week the Wednesday features a car we don’t talk about often, in fact, I don’t think we have ever mentioned an Allard here before. And that is quite a shame actually, as they were handsome cars that combined British style with American power into a fearsome competitor. This video on the rare Allard J2X comes via the folks at Fifth Gear.
Although made in England with a Cadillac powerplant, the Allard was always aimed at the American market. Production began in 1949 and lasted no more than a decade. For a few short post-war years an Allard was often the car to beat, but by mid-1950s Allard found it difficult to keep with the ever more sophisticated products of larger rival manufacturers and in 1959 finally stopped making cars.
These days, there are probably more Allard replicas on the road than actual vintage originals.
If you are interested in the fascinating story of the Allard, you might want to check out the Allard Owners Club, the Allard Register, and also the book Allard: The Inside Story by Tom Lush. And if you ever get the chance to see one at the vintage races, don’t pass it up. Their presence is wonderful.