Classic Cadillac 5.7 litre engine Le Mans sports car of 1953 – chassis number 3408. Designed and built at the Allard Motor Company works for the 1953 Le Mans 24 hour race in France. Designed by Sydney Allard, Dudley Hume and David Hooper. The JR is a rare car, only seven examples were manufactured, chassis numbers 3401-3407 between 1953 and 1955.
From 2002 Allard Motor Company did restoration work or complete restorations on a number of original Allard cars, including P Type saloon, J2, J2X, Palm Beach Mk.1, Palm Beach Mk.2 and JR. In 2012 Alan and Lloyd Allard, after years of behind the scene work, launched the revival of Allard car manufacturing, after a gap of some 58 years since the last Allard car, a Palm Beach Mk.2 was built in London 1958.
The car we chose was an Allard JR model. It was to be an exact copy of the JR which Alan’s father, Sydney Allard, raced at Le Mans in 1953, with continuation Allard chassis number 3408. With the assistance of Dudley Hume, the original designer back in 1953, at the age of 96, with more than 120 of his drawings.
The new JR was built by Lloyd and Alan and despite being seriously delayed by the intervention of the Covid pandemic, which forced a change in plans, the car was completed and sold to a customer based in Switzerland in November 2021. Further JR cars will be built to individual special order.