Allard was founded by Sydney Allard
who, before World War 2, spent much of his time building highly powered sports cars using Ford V8 engines. The company is best known for the 1949 J2
which used a 3.2 litre Mercury derived engine. Allard were unable to compete with the cheaper sports cars being manufactured by Jaguar, and from 1960
they switched production to the manufacture of Shorrock supercharges.
Ford-powered and built in England, Allard produced a series of very fast sports cars during the late 1940s and 1950s. Though the firm tried its hand at 1.5 and 2.5 litre two-seaters, it is most famous for thumping big V8s which went like scalded cats. Extremely rare, extremely desirable and, these days, extremely expensive.
Also see: The History of Allard (USA Edition)
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