Sydney Allards first "Allard" car appeared in 1936. It was very much a "Special" In that it used the V8 engine and Chassis from a Ford The body from an ex Earl Howe Grand Prix Bugatti.
The car won its first event at Taunton as well as a 100 mile race on Southport sands. Known as CLK 5, the car also won a number of mud-plugging trails such as the Experts and the Lawrence Cup, and was even matched against 4 wheel drive Jeeps. Following its trials success, the 'Allard Special' went into limited production in London. The records indicate that 12 were built, and in the hands of Allard, Hutchison, Warberton, and Appleton, the Allard Special proved to be almost invincible in trials competition. Some without Allards wanted to have them banned.
Sydney Allards unsuccessful attempt on BenNevis
The Allard Motor Company Ltd. was formed at the end of the war and, during the eleven car producing years which followed, approximately 1,900 Allards were built. Some were road going passenger vehicles, but others were big-engine competition cars:
Road Sports KI,K2,K3,Palm Beach.
Convertible L, M1, M2.
The majority of Allards had a deep box-section chassis upon which was mounted a wooden framework to carry the aluminum body panels. Hilton Bros. of S.W. London manufactured many of the bodies, particularly the P1s. Front suspension was by swing axles, axles the J2, J2X and J2R had the De Dion rear axle, as did the P2 and K3. Many close tolerance components of Ford manufacture were used, thus facilitating servicing and repairs. The power unit was the trusty 3.6 litre Ford V8 but some cars, particularly the J series, used the more powerful Mercury, Ardun-Mercury, Cadillac and Chrysler V8s of up to 5.5 liter capacity. The larger American engines gave the 2s, 2Xs and 2Rs a very good power to weight ratio, and this was ,reflected in their performance. A J2 tested by Motor (14/2/51) had a 0-60 capability of 7.4 seconds, and J2s exported to the U.S.A. are known to have been considerably faster.
The more notable successes achieved during the "Allard Era" are as follows:
1st Paris to Lisbon Rally, 1947.
1st Paris to Lisbon Rally, 1949
1st Reno Road Race, U.S.A. 1951.
1st British Hill-Climb Championship, 1949
1st Circuit of Ireland 1,000 Miles Trial, 1950
1st Watkins Glen Grand Prix, U.S.A. 1950
1st Sebring Six Hours Collier Trophy, U.S.A. 1950
1st Pebble Beach 100, U.S.A. 1951
1st Peron G.P, Argentine, 1951
1st 1st Monte Carlo Rally, 1952.
1st Nevada State Cup, U.S.A. 1952.
1st R.A.C. Rally, 1952
1st Bridgehampton Cup, U.S.A. 1951
(a J2 driven by Sydney Allard & Torn Cole also took a creditable third place behind two Grand Prix-style Talbot's at the Le Mans 24 hours in 1950, running for some 14 hours in top gear because of gearbox damage. In the 1955 event Sydney, at the wheel of the new J2R, lead the whole field on the first lap but axle failure caused him to retire the car)
During the early 1950s plans were made for the manufacture of J2s by the Kaiser Fraser Corporation of America, but this was later abandoned. full-time production of the car that caused Ferrari to build bigger engines 340 and 342 Americas' - came to an end in 1957, and the Allard Motor Company turned to car conversions and the development of performance equipment. Sydney Allard delved into the possibilities of a four-wheel drive competition car powered by two Steyr V8s, and then became the first man in this country to construct a pure American style dragster powered by a supercharged Chrysler engine. This blue and silver dart-shaped vehicle set an early national record of 10.4 seconds for the standing quarter mile. Sydney Allard became the prime mover in establishing dragster racing in England, end his company marketed the miniature Dragon dragster driven by a Shorrock-Ford Cortina unit. Earlier experiments included a JAP engined speedway car and the Clipper economy' car.
Allard cars were driven by Clark Gable, Carroll Shelby, Peter Collins, John Fitch, Jack Fairman, Masten Gregory, Frank Curtis, Dr Farina, Jean Kent and Richard Dimberley.
In recent years Allards have been used for advertising purposes promoting Kodak film in the UK and Champion Sparkplugs in the USA.
The late Sydney Allard was a very great motoring enthusiast, and his abilities in this abilities in this sphere are best illustrated by his outright win in the tough Monte Carol Rally of 1952. At the wheel of a P1 Allard saloon, he achieved Britain's first victory for twenty one years in this event. First of 328 competitors who set out, the RAC later awarded him the Malcolm Campbell Trophy for his effort
The above text courtesy of the Allard Owners
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