The J2 was conceived after Sidney Allard made a visit to the USA in the late 1940s and saw how effective a powerful American V8 could be in a lightweight roadster. He chose the Mercury V8 modified by Ardun for 267ci (4.3 liters), though some cars were shipped to America without any engines and ended up with one of two favorites: the Cadillac V8 or 33lei (5.4-liter) Chrysler Hemi. While the J 2 was a lightweight, its tubular cross-braced chassis was also flexible, and this didn't help handling. The other downfall was the split front axle which gave positive camber, though the de Dion rear improved things. The car was very quick and a handful on the circuit, with a huge steering wheel, widely spaced pedals and awkward gearshift hampering rapid progress in anything but a straight line. The later J2X, with its extended nose to house much-improved suspension, was a better machine.
Allard J2 Specifications
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