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On October 13, 2008, Allard Motor Works Inc. (AMW) delivered and titled the company’s first Allard J2X MkII, a commemorative edition of the legendary British competition roadster, the Allard J2X. This is the first of a number of deliveries of the hand‐crafted vehicle scheduled over the next few months.
Following extensive testing of two prototypes to ensure that the J2X MkII met the company’s safety, reliability, comfort and performance objectives, AMW’s production began in earnest early in 2008. Following the delivery of #001 to a new owner residing in Lawrence, KS, company President, Roger Allard commented that “This day is the culmination of years of development and testing that has seen the creation of a modern version of the Allard J2X. This is the vehicle that Sidney Allard would have dreamed of campaigning on the many race circuits that made him a legend.” True to the look of the original J2X, the J2X MkII rests on a solid CADdesigned racing chassis, with all of the performance features one would expect from a modern vehicle– independent suspension, fully‐adjustable shocks, large vented and cross‐drilled disc brakes, rack & pinion steering, a 9” differential, a 5‐speed gearbox with overdrive and a high‐performance V8.
Tailored to today’s market, the J2X MkII integrates a number of convenience features that were not part of the 1951‐54 original offerings: fully‐adjustable bucket seats, large and deep footboxes, leather interior, a trunk that can accommodate 2 sets of golf clubs, 12v power jacks in the cockpit for cell phones or GPS, a full‐width removable windshield with wipers, convenient storage compartments in the cockpit and a split tonneau cover. “We have targeted our J2X MkII to the owner who is looking for an unmatched ‘WOW’ factor, but wants exclusivity”, adds the company President. “We faced many challenges in designing our roadster to meet today’s market. The critical one was increasing the level of user‐friendliness without compromising the traditional look of the car. By stretching the cockpit slightly, lowering the seating position and distributing the vehicle weight evenly front to back, we achieved a very stable and comfortable ride that optimizes the high powerto‐ weight ratio of our J2X MkIIs.”
The Allard J2X MkII is delivered ‘fully‐loaded’, with options restricted to the choice of engine, to a full‐width windshield and a canvas top. Current power options include the 5.7 litre fuel‐injected GM RamJet , the 5.7 litre Chrysler Hemi and the 6.1 litre Hemi. Power ranges from 360 hp to 600 hp. The dry weight of the MkII is 2,560 lbs. Vehicle #001 was delivered to its new owner with a specially built 6.1 litre Hemi, developing 600 h.p.
Adds Roger Allard, “Our Allard J2X MkII is positioned as a ‘life‐style’ product. The roadster is built to order only, with a 14 to 18 week build schedule. The Allard Registry provides each vehicle with a special serial number and is listed in the Registry. Our marketing objectives are global, however, to ensure owners that their roadster maintains its high ‘WOW’ factor and that customers have an appreciating value for their car, Allard Motor Works will never release more than 100 J2X MkIIs per year, irrespective of demand.”
Launch pricing for the Allard J2X MkII is USD $128, 500, f.o.b. Champlain, NY (for US‐bound cars) or Montreal (for Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle‐ East). The Montreal operation is located only 20 minutes from a deep‐sea port.
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