Is the J2X MkII street legal?
Under the category of ‘custom- built’ or ‘component
vehicle’, the J2X MkII is engineered and assembled to meet
safety, reliability, titling and registration requirements
in most jurisdictions in N. America and some in Europe, Asia
and Australia. We are currently working on a right-hand
drive version to conform to the requirements of a number of
countries. All of the components that make up our rolling
chassis, as well as the drivetrain, are NEW. We do not use
used or recycled parts. The design of a J2X MkII requires
safety and performance components that most often exceed
those of major manufacturers. Since our emphasis is on
safety and reliability, a J2X MkII is configured meet or
exceed the requirements of 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 package designed for the J2X MkII is currently
used in a number of late model vehicles with computerized
engine management systems.
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
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
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
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
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.