NHTSA approves Allard Motor Works as a replica motor vehicle manufacturer

Photograph Courtesy Allard Motor Works

Allard Motor Works, the company producing replicas of the Allard J2X MkIII roadster, has just received certification from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that registers the company as a “low-volume replica motor vehicle manufacturer.”

Simply put, this means cars made by Allard don’t have to meet modern federal safety standards. Plus, each J2X MkIII will come with a 17-digit VIN that makes titling and registering the car that much easier for customers.

Founder Roger Allard wishes to thank “the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA), replica manufacturers, bipartisan car enthusiast legislators, NHSTA, EPA and CARB” for help in getting the NHTSA certification.

For more information about Allard and its J2X MkIII roadster, visit cadallard.com.

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frenchyd
frenchyd MegaDork
5/26/22 12:00 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

But lacking heavy low powered V8's like Cadillac's and Chrysler Hemi's. 
Plus having tamed all the bumpsteer and goofy handling out of it.   
Not to mention gorgeous big finned aluminum drum brakes that fade  to nothing long before the race is finished.   
 Where is the character?  Where is the vintage nature? 

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
5/26/22 12:29 p.m.

Ugly, ill handling and braking and built in paltry numbers although twice revived by replica companies.

I actually raced with one of these and had a chance to talk to the owner who said that it scared him every time he set foot in it.  Loud bellowing car that went by in full cry, usually accompanied by tire squeal as it tried to claw it's way back toward the optimal line.

Having said all that, I have to admit that they were kind of neat and a lot of people seem to admire them, hence the repeated attempts to ressurect them.

Only thing they remind me of these (bellowing, ill handling, having a continuing following despite very small production numbers) are the Bill Thomas Cheetahs.

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