The Dragone “Greenwich Weekend Auction" on June 4th offers an interesting consignment: the 1954 Allard J2R "Sopwith's Sphinx”, the famous race car that has been lost for decades and has become a legend amongst car enthusiasts and collectors.
Allard J2R chassis #3405 was just one of seven J2R's chassis produced by Allard and was ordered by Tommy Sopwith who was the son of Sir Thomas Sopwith, the chairman of Hawker Siddeley. Tommy and the "Sphinx", backed by his racing team "Equipe Endevour", took the J2R chassis and fitted it with a modified Armstrong Siddely Sapphire engine and a beautiful custom aluminum body. Racing against Jaguar C-Types, Aston Martin DB3S's, Allard J2's and many other impressive cars, it ran successfully at great races such as: BARC Goodwood, National Castle Comb, British Empire Trophy, National Silverstone, Ibsley, National Davidstow, National Snetterton, Snetterton International and Goodwood International , racing in a total of 17 races in the 1954 season, placing 1st in four races: once at Silverstone, once at Snetterton, and twice at Davidstow. Later in the 1950's Sopwith sold the Sphinx to race driver Brian Croot without the Sapphire engine. Croot fitted the Sphinx with a race prepared 3.8 liter Jaguar twin cam 6 cylinder engine with high lift cam shafts and Webber carburetors and successfully raced the car along with his C-Type Jaguar in venues such as Silverstone, Goodwood, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Prescott, Shelsley Walsh and many more until the late 1960s when he and the cars retired and the Sphinx once again disappeared from the public eye. It is now being offered publicly for the first time in decades at the June 4th sale.
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Sphinx with Sopwith
Sphinx at Goodwood 1954
Sphinx at start of Goodwood 1954