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1951 Allard J2

$260,000
Not sold at a high bid of
149
Lot Number
#2
Older Restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. 99J2123. Light blue over red. 390-cid Cadillac V-8, Muncie 4-speed manual. Triple Stromberg carburetors, Offenhauser valve covers, Borrani wire wheels, tonneau cover, engine-turned dash, fire bottle, headlight stone guards.

Evaluation: Older restoration | Delivered new in Michigan and fitted with a 331-cid Cadillac engine. Raced in period at Thompson, Bridgehampton, and Watkins Glen. It was even ice raced. Fitted with a DeSoto Hemi engine later in the ’50s and ran 150.75 mph at Bonneville. Stored for about 35 years and then restored for vintage racing. Some paint blisters around the hood bulge and some shrinkage around the cowl. Small dent behind the driver’s-side front fender. Pitting on the hood handles. Good interior. Clean detailed engine bay. It might not have the original engine, but few Allards of any kind do. This is a great mount for vintage racing. Located in Indiana.

Bottom Line: Allard prices can vary greatly depending on configuration, provenance, and what kind of V-8 is under the hood. This car ticks a lot of the right boxes other than being the short-wheelbase J2, which is less suited to larger drivers. The reported high bid is appropriate for a J2 with a Cadillac.

by Hagarty Editor
20 August 2020
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