This mystery car was sent to us by Mr. Hawkes in the UK. He found the photo above here, which claims that the car is a 1952 Allard Special. If you squint, the car looks kind of like an edgier representation of a M2 or P2 with the inset headlamps. The car bears the registration number "MYP 515" in both photos. If you know anything about this car or what it is, please click here to send us a note or leave a comment.
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An eagle-eyed reader sent us a link to the photo above from motorbase.com. The caption claims that the car above is a special bodied Allard from 1952. If one squints hard enough, it looks kind of like a K3. Does anyone know what this car is? Does it still exist today?
We're not sure what it is about P1's, but they seem to have found a real soft spot in the heart of their previous owners. Of all the requests we get to track down missing cars, the vast majority of them are for P1's. It's not hard to see why...distinctive styling, big V8, sporty suspension (for a late 40's sedan), and suicide doors...very cool. Please see David's request below and click here if you can help us!
Hello fellow Allard lovers.
Firstly, thank you for your web-site that has motivated me to track down the Allard my father brought to Australia in 1956. It was a black P1 that was sold originally to the steel works manger in Swansea (Wales). Photo of it here in Australia attached.
My father sold it due to parts being difficult to access. He told me that he heard that the car was later used for racing in Victoria (Australia). Any help with tracking down this car (I am an avid car restorer) would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards, David Richards.
Ian Rose recently contacted us to see if we had any news on his father's P1, registration LKD 297. Unfortunately our chassis database doesn't have a corresponding chassis number for the registration plate. If you know anything about this car, please leave a comment or click here to send us an email.
Ian writes..."It was involved in an accident in late 1958/early 1959 when a lorry ran into the back of it whilst waiting at traffic lights on the A.30 near Camberley in thick fog. It was probably written-off. I know my father never got it back again, though the damage was confined to the rear end."
The recent Bring A Trailer ad for Palm Beach 21Z-5155, created a lot of interesting comments about Palm Beach's. One in particular from Wayne Goldman caught our eye. Wayne bought a Palm Beach in the late sixties and threw the Ford Zodiac engine and gearbox away. In its place, he installed a 170 cubic inch Ford six with a three carb manifold, H & M cam, etc. and a 4 speed gear box. Wayne notes that the car, "went like a bat out of hell, but the 4:1 rear axle was too high for highway use so I narrowed a Ford axle which had the same bolt pattern as the original wire wheels and the car was great. I had a friend who was the top SCCA Corvette driver in New England and he could only beat me by 50 feet in a 1/4 drag race. The Ford 170 six was popular with midget racers and it would wind up to over 8,000 RPM…"
Sadly Wayne lost track of the car and we haven't been able to decipher the chassis plate which was reattached to the dash. If you know anything about the car, please leave a comment or send us a note.
Incidentally, Wayne also has a bunch of interesting (and good) racing photos that he took back in the 50's. Click here to visit his site.
We received the letter below from an Allard owner that would like some help in tracking down the history of his car...
I hope that your readers can help me identify the full history of my Allard L-Type, chassis 71L-315 but I was not very successful.
My Allard has a "custom made" 2-seater body on the long 112 inch wheelbase chassis. Hood, front and rear wheel arches are made of steel. The front panels, doors and tail are made of aluminum. First I assumed the rear bodywork is a fiberglass shell, but as I scraped some color from inside the bodywork, bare metal occurred and yes, it has a wooden sub-frame. As far as I know the original paintwork was black and the car was delivered in January 1948 to the official Allard dealer in Belfast/UK. In spring 1989 the car was offered on the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale/AZ, but was not sold. In summer 1989 the car was sold to Switzerland. From this time on the history is known.
I hope some Allard enthusiasts in the US will know the missing link of the history. Thanks very much for your support!
Our records indicate that the car was originally delivered with a full body and painted black with brown interior. It was delivered to Hamilton's in Belfast on January 5, 1948. If you know anything about this car, please click here to contact us.
Daniel Rapley is seeking help in finding the true identity of his Allard J2. Here's what is known:
- Steel Wheels
- Looks to have been originally painted Red
- Later painted in a medium Green
- There are remnants of an old SCCA sticker on an interior panel
- The car was found in the Northeast in the mid 1970's
- It is believed that the body was lost in a fire. The old steering wheel is burnt.
We found this photo of Sydney racing at the Poole Speed Trials in 1947 where he took the fastest sports car time (Motor Sport, October '47). The number plate isn't shown in our chassis registry. Know anything about it? Leave a comment.
The Styer often receives most of the attention as Sydney's special, but he also built a special road-going car around the same time, JGP 473. According to the Lush book, the chassis was based on a J1 with much of the cross bracing and boxinig removed to save weight. The chassis was lowered using flattened springs (similar to the Steyr) and the 2-seat body was made of aluminum stretched over the chassis with no doors. Power for the car came from Sydney's previous special HLF 601 which featured a set of Allard OHV heads (pre-Ardun, but copied from an American design). The heads proved to be very troublesome and the car was later converted to a conventional Mercury V8, then supercharged. As page 88 reveals, JGP was the pre-cursor to the J2. I wonder what happened to it?
Our friend Ralph from www.psychoontyres.blogspot.com sent us these photos the other day of this amazing Allard J2 styled track day special. The photos were taken at a Mallory Park test day this past week. Unfortunately Ralph wasn't able to speak to the owner so we don't know if the car started life as an Allard or if the owner just wanted something different. Either way, we like it and we bet Sydney would have loved it! The car features a big-block Chevy engine, tube frame chassis, and doubel A-arm front suspension. Ralph said tells us the car is fast and the engine sounds like heaven.
If you know anything about this car, please contact us!
From Mike Knapman...
"It is based on a Kougar chassis. Fitted with a dynoed 600 hp 427 Chevy engine for Sports Racing and GT class races. Geared for 160 mph.
The owner visited our (AOC) stand at Silverstone in 2010 and was so impressed by the J2 he saw on display he decided that was the style he wanted his bodywork to be. He oviously went away and made it."
To learn more about Kougar's, click here to visit their web site:
Have you ever seen or heard anything about this custom bodied K2? Our build records don't note any K2's being shipped with partial bodywork so we must assume the car was rebodied at some time, likely after an accident. We're going to make a wild assumption that the car was rebodied in the mid to late fifties due to noticeable tail fins and 'continental kit' spare tire mount. If you know anything about this unique K2, please leave a comment or click here to email us.
From Lindsey Parsons...
"Back in the early 1950's the "Giant's Despair" hill climb nearwas associated with a road race event for under 2 liter cars at near by "Brynfan Tyddyn". This latter course was a short 3.5 mile road surrounding the lake estate of N Y State Senator T. Newell Wood. Senator Wood had a very "fancy" red K2 Allard in those days. I attended the race as a spectator one year, possibly in 1953 when I ran the hill climb in my new J2X (#3147) or perhaps the summer before, I simply don't recall. I do remember seeing the Senator's car there and was impressed with the shiny wire wheels it had in contrast to the normal ones. I vaguely remember how custom it appeared and I thought at the time it was very garish but, sadly, the details of its exact configuration have totally faded. It definitely could be this car however."
This photo of a J2 was sent to us by Matt of the Colorado Hill Climb Association. The photo was grouped together with several from the 1953 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, but there are no records of the car running. If you know anything about this car, please click here to let us know!
Do you know anything about this unique sports racer that's likely Allard based? The car appears to be 100% Allard between the front and rear wheels, but the front and rear are very unique. These screen shots are from the video below which was shot at the Palm Springs Road Race of March 26, -27, 1955. The car, number 192 must have been a late entrant because it wasn't listed as an entrant. To our knowledge, no formal race results were published.