1953 Allard JR Le Mans Roadster

Allard was a small British sports car manufacturer that had an outsize influence on racing in the 1950s, making major players like Ferrari and Jaguar take notice. Seven were built between 1953 and 1956, with the one pictured here being a continuation completed in late 2019. The JR won eight straight races in the US in the early '50s, with Zora Arkus-Duntov working on the design before joining with GM to famously work on the Corvette. Carroll Shelby took direct inspiration from the JR, using the concept — the JR used Cadillac and Chrysler V8 motors — in the legendary Cobra. This JR uses a host of original Allard parts, with hand-formed bodywork and construction overseen by the original engineers and the Allard family. This is the only continuation JR made and is FIA-certified for competition in historic races around the world.

Photos: Matt Howell

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