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Old 06-16-2013, 10:56 AM
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Allard’s J2X cycle-fendered sports cars looked both brutal and beautiful, but Sidney knew they were aerodynamically disadvantaged on longer circuits such as Le Mans. Accordingly, the new envelope-bodied and streamlined JR model was introduced for 1953. These were essentially mechanically identical to the J2X, though seriously modified for circuit racing. Only seven JRs were built, with two cars serving as factory entries at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This historic Allard JR, registered NLN 650, was one of two driven by none other than Zora Arkus-Duntov (later dubbed the “father of the Corvette”). The sister car, NLN 652, was piloted by Sidney himself and led the first lap of the race, only to retire with a cracked brake drum after three-quarters of an hour. Duntov's JR, co-driven by Ray Merrick, survived until 1:00 a.m. before it too was withdrawn with engine problems. While running, however, it was credited by the Automobile Club de L’Ouest, with a speed of 145.35 miles per hour on the Mulsanne Straight!

Est. 350 bhp, 365 cu. in. Cadillac overhead valve V-8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, semi-independent front suspension with split axle, rear de Dion axle with coil springs and tubular shock absorbers, and Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 100 in.
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