Let's Help This Guy Identify This Antique 1950s Racecar

All image credits: Craigslist
All image credits: Craigslist

It’s a summer Friday afternoon and I’m the mood to play a game. A poster on Craigslist needs help identifying a car and he’s offering a cash reward to the person who can do it. Money, people! There’s money in this!

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A man named Dave took to Craigslist for help with identifying a car. Here’s what he wrote:

I have been trying to identify this car for 25 years. It is not a spint or curtis. It is a quality built aluminum nose and hood. It has a depression for an emblem so it was given a name. It has expert penstripeing by? It has a steel chrome grille from flatstock. It shows signs that it was run hard as the bottom on the nose is scrapped up and the duetz fasteners are stressed. It had to be a homebuilt and must have been shown. Guess, early 50's? Find me pictures of this car $250 reward. Dave Cel

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The included pictures show only a grille, a hood and a front end with the number 14 painted on it. What do you think the car could be?

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Anyone confident in their answer should reach out to Dave here.

(h/t to Ken!)

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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DISCUSSION

Now this is just a wild, and probably wrong, guess... but custom front clip to an Allard J2 race car?

It’s pure speculation, but emblem indent looks exactly like an Allard emblem, and the dimensions of the front nose and how far back the hood is, with the scoop for the carbs, very roughly matches those of an Allard J2. The shape of the nose looks like it would fit the dimensions of an Allard J2. Allards were made from a thin aluminum skin.

Now, here’s where the speculation kicks in even more... there was a J2, campaigned under number 14 B on the west coast in the 1950s that has a Black with Red Trim color scheme and was wrecked in the front. It was retired from professional racing and It’s history is unknown from the 1950s to the 1980s when it was found.

However. I can’t find any pictures of how it was found, so I don’t know if it was missing the nose. But I’ve included one of the Allard J2 number 14 B in restored condition

But, that being said, I’m only like 6.73% confident in my guess without measuring the emblem indentation.