FAQ

Is the J2X MkII street legal?
As a ‘custom- built’ or ‘component vehicle’, the J2X MkII is engineered to meet safety, reliability, titling and registration requirements in most jurisdictions in N. America and some in Europe, Asia and Australia. A right-hand drive version is currently in the works. All of the components that make up our rolling chassis are selected for their proven reliability, serviceability and performance. The design of a J2X MkII requires safety and performance components that most often exceed those of major manufacturers. To emphasize safety and reliability, the J2X MkII is configured meet or exceed the requirements of most regulatory safety inspections. We do get many questions related to emissions testing. In this regard, two factors come into play. The first one is the year it is titled. If the car is titled as a 1951-54, then this is not an issue (see below). If the car is titled in the year of registration, you have the reassurance that the drivetrain packages recommended for the J2X MkII are currently used in a number of late model vehicles with computerized engine management systems. For some regions, we have recommendations that are meet California’s strict emission standards, as well as EU5 and EU6.

Can I title my new Allard as a 1951-54 vehicle?
Currently, there are almost as many rules for titling as there are countries and states. We try to keep abreast of the many changes in legislation as possible, and we try to maintain significant documentation to assist you in this matter. In the USA, the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) has produced model legislation to create titling and registration classifications for custom vehicles. Under the SEMA model, which is being adopted by an increasing number of states, eligible vehicles are titled in the production year they most closely resemble, are required to meet the equipment standards for that model year and are exempt from periodic vehicle inspections and emissions. Currently, there are some 20 states that have adopted the SEMA model and the number is growing. States that are considering the SEMA rule, or that have developed their own approach to titling, will usually title a ‘custom car’, in the year that it is registered and provide their own Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), following a mechanical inspection.

What about the Allard Registry serial numbers that are on the J2X MkII?
Each Allard J2X MkII is awarded a serial number by the Allard Registry. These 7 alphanumerical letters are a 9000-series registration developed by the Registry to distinguish the new J2Xs from the 83 original J2Xs. The Allard Motor Company of London, UK, produced some 1,900 vehicles of all types between 1936 and 1959. Their serial numbers are registered in the archives, and while there are a number of ‘holes’ in the sequence of these serial numbers, it would be inappropriate to ‘fill these in’ with the registration of a new vehicle. This is why the Registry has established a new set of numbers. All Allard Motor Works vehicles will be listed in the Allard Registry. As such, each Allard J2X MkII sports an authentic brass Allard registration plate on the engine compartment firewall. The required 17-digit VIN plate will be placed on the chassis rail, on the driver’s side.

Where do I get my car serviced, or get replacement parts?
Your J2X MkII is engineered to incorporate components that are tried and tested under high performance conditions. All of our major components have manufacturer warrantees. We design our roadster to be simple to service and to install or replace any part. Regular maintenance schedules can be done at any dealer (Chrysler or GM), or at any quality service center or ‘speed shop’. Should you have a ‘fender-bender’, we can rapidly ship out the part that you need, along with the installation procedure that any quality body shop can follow, to bring your car back to its original ‘show-quality’ state.

Do you sell the Allard J2X MkII in disassembled parts?
Because of our safety, reliability and quality imperatives, we do not provide our J2X MkII in kit form. We can however make it available as a rolling chassis, since a number of individuals have the required experience to install their own drive train. For safety and liability reasons, all installers must be approved. Throughout all stages of assembly, we do provide technical assistance directly or through our carefully selected network qualified tradesmen.

What colors can be ordered?
There are few restrictions related to color choice. This said, AMW recommends that non-metallic paints be used, as we feel it diminishes the ‘period look’ of your new J2X. We recommend traditional colors such as British Racing Green, Rosso Corsa (red), Midnight blue and Bordeaux. Other colors, such as black, steel gray and cool-vanilla (off-white) are also interesting possibilities. We have a wide range of leathers and carpets for the cockpit that compliment the chosen color.

What engines are offered?
We currently recommend two basic choices that mirror the original competition J2X- the Chrysler Hemi, and the GM 350 RamJet. Where is the Cadillac you say? The 331 Cad-Allard and the 331 Hemi basically created the Allard track legend. Of course, there are new versions of both the Chrysler Hemi and the Cadillac available today and we are recommending the new 5.7 L Hemi and the RamJet. What happened to the Cadillac engine? In this case, we have erred on the side of reliability and performance and have done what the Cadillac racing teams have done… replace their Cadillac engines with a Corvette engine.

Is there a direct family relationship between Roger Allard (Allard Motor Works) and Sydney Allard (Allard Motor Company)?
There are no direct family ties between these two entrepreneurs. Since the Allard name is relatively uncommon, and that it has its roots in France (where Roger Allard’s roots are from), it is quite likely that there is some convergence going back a number of generations. The Allard Motor Company (AMC) ceased its vehicle production in 1959 and today, produces high performance turbochargers, intercoolers, and aluminium motor products. Their last production vehicle dates back to 1959. Currently, there are no formal links between AMW and AMC.

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