Monterey Auction Preview - Russo & Steele

On Saturday August 18, Russo & Steele will be auctioning Al Reynolds beloved Allard L-type JLY 162. Chassis# L-390 was born in London on February 13, 1948 and delivered unfinished from the factory to Allard agent, Dagenham Motors. The new owner, Mr. Bentley had the car painted black. Early Allards were often shipped unfinished in and effort to bypass the tax man while also allowing the new owner to add their personal touches. L-390 started life as a RHD 4-seat tourer with a 2622cc Pilot Ford Flathead (21 stud) engine.

After a few years of hill climb and trials racing (and an accident in 1955), the car was redone as a 2-seat competition car by a London panel beater named Watson. Allards were modified quite often in an effort to harness the brute torque of the V8; every ounce of extra bodywork was removed from L-390.

The car has been in many shows. The first in 1965 with a 2nd place. Since that time, it’s received a first, two thirds, and one winners circle award. It was also featured in the Allard Register, issues #28 (Winter 2000) and #32 (Summer 2001). The highlight of L-390’s life was racing in the 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca.

The car is currently equipped with a 24-stud 4-liter flathead that has less than 300 miles on it. The ported and balanced engine features a ¾” Isky cam, Ross racing pistons, (2) Stromberg 97 carbs, Mallory ignition, Offy heads and manifold. A number of additional parts are also included.

Click here or the photo above to learn more about the car. This is a great car for the classic hot rod enthusiast that's looking for something different...or the vintage racer that's looking to set themselves apart from the regular classics.