1953 Allard JR Le Mans Roadster Hits Auction Block
- A 1953 Allard JR Roadster is expected to fetch $350,000-$450,000 at a January auction, according to RM Auctions.
- The Allard JR Roadster was one of two Allard factory entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953.
- The racecar is one of only seven Allard JRs built.
PHOENIX — A 1953 Allard JR Roadster, one of two Allard factory entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, is expected to fetch $350,000-$450,000 at RM
Auctions' January 18 event at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
Raced by Zora Arkus-Duntov, who soon after became the first chief engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette, the Allard JR Le Mans Roadster was clocked by the Automobile Club de L'Ouest at a top speed of 145 mph down the Mulsanne Straight before retiring with engine problems.
The racecar, one of only seven Allard JRs built, is fitted with a 365-cubic-inch Cadillac V8 with dual four-barrel carbs and a four-speed manual gearbox.
The sister car was driven in the 1953 Le Mans by owner Sidney Allard, who led the first lap, but dropped out after 45 minutes.
RM Auctions says the JR Roadster has been through two extensive restorations and "remains in excellent vintage race condition."
Edmunds says: One of the standouts in the upcoming winter auction season.