Monday, April 30, 2012

Modern Technology Meets Vintage Styling in the Allard J2X Mark II

Roger Allard of Allard Motor Works in Montreal is a terrific guy. He took time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about the Allard J2X Mark II, and I’ll be writing about it for the next few columns. I really wish I could repay him by buying one of his cars, maybe in British racing green. I think these retro-looking roadsters are totally cool. And I’m not alone. Even Jay Leno couldn’t resist taking one for a run around the block.

This gorgeous recreation of the legendary British race car is turning heads wherever it appears. It is most definitely NOT a kit car or “replicar.” Each one is custom built to high quality specs. And you won’t be seeing rows of them at your local cruise night any time soon. Allard doesn’t plan on building more than 100 in any given year, so the J2X Mark II’s owner club is likely to remain pretty exclusive.

You know what? I like that. Even though I’m not likely to ever own one, a car this stunning should be hard to come by. Like their slogan says, “Rarely Seen, Never Forgotten.”

Note: I actually wrote this column in the fall of 2010 but I’m rerunning it now because the web page it was on no longer exists. But the Allard still does. Look out for it at the upcoming Canadian Historic Grand Prix this June.

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