Details: Delivered January 26, 1951, Chassis # J2 1698, Engine # 8M931, Red with red interior, Shipped to Gardiner’s Motor Service, Sydney. Factory records show this car was shipped with the above-mentioned engine number (most exported Allards were shipped without an engine).
Sold immediately to Jack Murray.
This car was raced with a Cadillac motor which, it is understood, was installed by Murray in Sydney. The Cadillac motor was subsequently given the number N57110P.
This car’s first Bathurst race was the October 1951 meeting (not the ’51 Easter meeting as has been reported elsewhere). Raced by Murray, who tended to confine his racing to the northern states, through to 1955, including to fourth place in the 1952 Australian Grand Prix held at Bathurst, and in the 1954 Australian Grand Prix at Southport Qld, where it did not finish.
During February 1957 the car was sold to John Firth, Sydney.
In John Firth’s latter years his brother Jim looked after the car. On John’s passing in 1992, Jim took over the car and in 1995 commenced a rebuild. Jim Firth retains this low mileage J2 in Sydney where is it road registered AEN 62Z.
Jack Murray was a well known rally and race driver in Australia during the 1950’s, being winner of numerous rallies including the “Redex around Australia Rally” he also conducted a racing campaign but concentrated more on Rallying, where the money was in Australia during that time. Google “Gelignite Jack Murray” to get an idea of his local fame.
The car is probably the only two owner J2 in the world (Murray & Firth family), and probably one of the “true” lowest mileage cars around. The family has expressed a desire that the car go to an enthusiast
Interested parties should contact: Dave Firth to discuss price or for more information:
57 Brockman Avenue
Revesby Heights NSW 2212
Ph: (02) 97745769 / 0430274357