Allard To Build First JR Racecar in 55 Years


  • 1953 Allard JR Picture

    1953 Allard JR Picture

    The ex-Zora Arkus-Duntov 1953 Allard JR Le Mans racecar was sold by RM Auctions in January for $605,000. | July 23, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Allard Sports Cars, the modern-day family-owned successor to Britain's storied, but short-lived Allard Motor Company, is building an Allard JR racecar to the original 1953 specs.
  • The company says it will be "the first original Allard to be built by the family business" in 55 years.
  • The ex-Zora Arkus-Duntov 1953 Allard JR Le Mans racecar was sold by RM Auctions in January for $605,000.

GLOUCESTER, England — Allard Sports Cars, the modern-day family-owned successor to Britain's storied, but short-lived Allard Motor Company, is building an Allard JR racecar to the original 1953 specs. The company says it will be "the first original Allard to be built by the family business" in 55 years.

Two Allard JRs were raced at Le Mans in 1953, one by company founder Sydney Allard, the other by Zora Arkus-Duntov. The ex-Duntov 1953 Allard JR Le Mans racecar was sold by RM Auctions in January for $605,000.

Allard Sports Cars, which is headed by Sydney Allard's grandson Lloyd, also says it will relaunch the Allard Palm Beach MkIII, a model that was planned in 1958 by Sydney Allard, but never built. The original company quit producing cars that year, eight years before Sydney Allard's death.

Allard Motor Company built fewer than 2,000 production cars, including a handful of Palm Beach MkII roadsters.

Allard Sports Cars is restoring an original 1956 Palm Beach MkII and will display the car this weekend at the Silverstone Classic.

The Le Mans Roadster raced by Duntov — who was the first chief engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette — was one of only seven Allard JRs built. It was 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 Sidney Allard, who led the first lap, but dropped out after 45 minutes.

Edmunds says: Even Allard's "glory days" weren't all that glorious.

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