The legendary J2X was a limited
production racing/touring car. Even though only 83 were produced between
1951 and 1954, these were the most successful racers of the Allard
collection. Although the Allard Motor Company never produced its own
engines, it successfully integrated existing American V-8 power plants
into its cars to threaten the dominance of racing circuits by larger
producers. Factory Allard J2Xs were usually equipped with a Ford-Mercury
flathead (or even exported without an engine), but it was the 331 cu. in.
Cadillac and the Chrysler 331 Hemi Firepower that made its exploits
legendary. At the rear, the J2Xís sported a deDion differential.
The Allardís racing notoriety came at
the hands of individuals who are now legends in their own rights - Sydney
Allard, Zora Arkus Duntov (Corvette pioneer), General Curtis LeMay (first
commander of the Strategic Air Command), Carroll Shelby (entire 1953
season), as well as movie star, Steve McQueen.