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Ben and William Jowett were brothers who set up a bicycle making business in Bradford in 1902, and were soon building engines for cars and motorcycles. The first Jowett car appeared in 1906, propelled by a two- cylinder, horizontally-opposed engine. Quantity production of cars commenced in 1910, and continued after the First World War, during which Jowett-built munitions. The firm’s famous ‘flat…

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Jowett Javelin/Jupiter

Jowett Javelin/Jupiter


9 / 10

PRICE: Javelin: £1500 - £6000; Jupiter: £5000 - £14,000+

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    Javelin: 1947-53; Jupiter: 1949-53
  • Bodywork:
    Javelin, four-door saloon; Jupiter, two-door convertible
  • Engine:
    Overhead valve, ‘flat four’ 1486cc. Javelin, 53bhp; Jupiter, 63bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    Javelin: 20 sec; Jupiter: 17 sec
  • Top Speed:
    Javelin: 80+ mph; Jupiter: 85 mph
  • MPG:

Ahead of their time, with distinctive styling, good performance and enjoyable handling, these competent classics are still highly regarded today. The Gerald Palmer designed Jowett Javelin saloon arrived in 1947, with spacious fastback fourdoor body and a novel horizontally opposed, 1.5-litre four- cylinder engine, l o c ated in front of the radiator and gearbox. The car also featured torsion bar suspension giving outstanding ride and handling. The Javelin formed the basis for the three-seater Jupiter sports convertible, introduced in the winter of 1949/50 featuring a tubular steel chassis. Most of the Jupiter’s body w o r k panels were made of aluminium. Sadly, in 1953 financial problems dictated the end of both the Javelin and Jupiter.

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