Welcome to the world of Jowett Cars

This website provides a means for bringing those interested in Jowetts, and the knowledge they have, together. This page is a portal to most of the web faciities available relating to Jowett cars made in Bradford. If this is your first visit then you can learn something about the cars and the clubs that support the marque. Links to other webpages will enable you to find out more. Please use the contact form if you have a question or have information that may further our knowledge of Jowetts.

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Contact us.

If your are interested in talking about Jowetts then register on the forum or go along to an event that is closest to you. We may be able to put you in touch with a member close to you, although some parts of the world have few Jowett members! Use the contact form to state your location and preferred language. Note that JowettTalk is multi-lingual, although most communication is in English. If you already own a Jowett (or even if you do not), please join one of the clubs to gain full benefit from the Jowett community. Please share your experiences and knowledge as well.

If you are looking to buy a Jowett then there is a link to a regularly updated 'For Sale ' section. Many are now buying Jowetts as 'project' cars. A wealth of information exists on this site on how to restore the cars, with lots of help coming from club members.

JowettTalk

Over 18488 posts • Over 3265 topics • Over 543 members

JowettTalk is an active forum that has lively debate on technical and other issues related to Jowetts, answers questions both technical and historical and lets you know what is going on in all the club sections across the world. You need to register to take part. JowettTalk has its own search facility but you must be logged in to use it. The pre-2006 JowettTalk can still be searched using the Jowett.Org search.

Most of JowettTalk is viewable by the public, but some sections are only accessible by registered users or special groups.

JowettGallery

Over 8000 items • Over 268 members

JowettGallery was launched in 2007 to gather knowledge about Jowetts into a library. Car club members from any of the affiliated clubs can search technical and historical articles as well as have their own personal albums to share with other members. The JowettGallery has its own search facility but you must be logged in to use it. If you are an affiliated club member, register on the JowettGallery to share and view Jowett related pictures, videos and documents.

By default, items are not available to the public, but owners can change this to share them with the world.

The Legacy Project

Both JowettTalk and JowettGallery have special areas of co-operative space that allow members to work on subjects together.

Members can upload information into these spaces and then curators can reorganise the items once they are checked and completed by others.

In this way there is an accumulation of press cuttings, parts' lists, manuals and technical bulletins, historical pictures, audio recordings and videos.

Each club also has an area to store documents or records of events which may assist members organising events in future. Access can be strictly controlled, if required.

On-line services

A growing list of interactive services for more efficient communication. They rely on the co-operation of the members and officers of the clubs for the management of the processes involved. The services allow membership renewal, location of members, booking of events, contacting members local to an event, and, in the future, ordering of parts and many other facilities that could be useful to the on-line community of Jowett owners.

The Clubs

History

Formed in 1923, the Jowett Car Club claims to be the oldest one-make car club in the world. The Australian Club started in 1956 and the New Zealand club started in 1962. The Jupiter Owners Auto Club started in 1964. The Jowett club has used computers since 1974 and a Jowett website has existed since the early 1990's. The pre-2006 website remains here. Over the many years, changes in technology have been accomodated without loosing much information, albeit with some increase in complexity. This portal tries to reduce that complexity, routing you to the most commonly requested information. The webpages are gradually being transformed into a 'mobile-first' framework that also caters for tablets and large screens. Whilst we try to maintain compatibility with older browsers you may have problems with some. Please let us know if you do.

Regions

Affiliated clubs thrive in Europe, Spain, America, Australia and New Zealand. Members contribute from many other countries.; There is a website devoted to the Jowett Jupiter with some Jupiter Owners Auto Club content.

Look at the regional sections in JowettTalk and Jowett Gallery for more detail.

Spares, Cars for sale

Each club has a spares scheme and they do co-operate to provide a comprehensive service. JowettTalk has a section on Cars and Spares for sale. Each club has a shop. Look also at the Memorabilia section of JowettTalk for more to buy or sell.

Services

Each club produces a regular magazine some of which can be viewed in JowettGallery. Jowetteer from the UK, Flat Four from New Zealand, The Javelin from Australia, Jowett Jive from America. Note the above will not be seen unless logged into JowettGallery

Clubs maintain registers of cars and the registrars often know each car's history. So if you have any information please contact them via the form below.

The Cars

British cars made in Bradford from 1906 to 1954 namely- Jupiter, Javelin, Bradford, Jason, Black Prince, Curlew, Kestrel, Weasel, Flying Fox, Falcon, Long Four, Focus, Blackbird, Kingfisher, Black Prince, Wren, Grey Knight, Silverdale, Chummy, 7cwt Van, Short Two.

Scroll through some examples below by touching the arrows.

JowettTalk has a section on Cars for sale.

Scott motorcyle

Scott motorcyle 1908

Jowett produced the first Scott motorcycles. They also made engines for other cars, before eventually making and running a prototype complete car for four years.










Tiller

Tiller steering 1913

6 hp 816 cc (831 cc from 1914)side-valve flat twin water-cooled, 2-seater, 48 produced 1906–1914. Three speed gearbox.

Short 7

Short 7 1924

7 hp 907 cc side-valve flat twin, 11,444 (inc Long 7) produced 1919–1930, 2-door fabric saloon, 2-door coachbuilt saloon Three speed gearbox. Four wheel brakes from 1930. 84 in (2,100 mm) wheelbase.

Long 7

Long 7 1930

7 hp 907 cc side-valve flat twin. 11,444 (inc Short 7) produced 1930-36, 102 in (2,600 mm) wheelbase. 12-volt electrics from 1933. Four-speed gearbox from 1934. Twin carburettors on the Weasel. 2-seater, sports tourer, 4-door fabric saloon, Kestrel coachbuilt saloon, Black Prince, Silverdale and Grey Knight de-luxe saloons, Simba tourer, Weasel sports tourer.

Ten

Ten 1937

Jowett Ten 1166 cc side-valve flat four, saloon (Jupiter, Jason, Plover and Peregrine), van, 1881 produced 1936–1940, Twin carburettors up to 1937.

Eight

Eight 1937

Jowett Eight 946 cc side-valve flat twin saloon, 2888 produced 1937–1940.

Bradford

Bradford 1951

Jorma Hihnala from Finland. 1005 cc side-valve flat twin, light truck, van and utility. Three speed gearbox. 38,241 produced 1946–1953

Javelin

Javelin 1952

Jowett Javelin 1486 cc overhead-valve flat four saloon, 23,307 produced 1947–1953, Class win, 1949 Monte Carlo Rally. Class win, 1949 Spa 24-hours race. Outright win, 1953 International Tulip Rally. Class win, 1952 & 1953 RAC Rally .

Jupiter SC

Jupiter SC 1954

Jowett Jupiter 1486 cc overhead-valve flat four convertible, 900 produced 1950–1954. Tubular semi-space frame, hydraulic brakes. Class-winner at 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans in its first race. Also, outright win of the 1951 Lisbon International Rally and class win at Le Mans in 1951.

Jupiter R1

Jowett R1 1952

In 1952 the sports-racing variant Jupiter type R1 won its class at Le Mans.

R4

Jowett R4 1953

1486 cc overhead-valve flat four sports, 3 produced 1953. Body fabric reinforced plastic. Never reached production. Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h)

Farina

Coachbuilt Farina

Some 67 Jupiter supplied as chassis to independent coach builders such as Pininfarina, Ghia Suisse, E. D. Abbott Ltd, Harold Radford.

Events

Each region and section have events they organise. Here are some but there are more in the What's On section of JowettTalk.

Classic Motor Show

Classic Motor Show

NEC Birmingham    14, 15 ,16 November 2014.

The UK's Biggest & Best Classic Motor Show. Come along & see the Jowett Car Club Ltd on stand 20-435. Call 0871 230 1088 to book tickets or online at www.necclassicmotorshow.com For our Members: there is a special advance ticket offer giving £5 off the Sat/Sun door price. See the Show Ticket Offer Advert in the JowettGallery for details and discount codes.

Practical Classics Restoration Show

Practical Classics Restoration Show

NEC Birmingham    28th & 29th March 2015

Practical Classics Restoration Show, Stand of the Show 2014. See pictures and read narrative of the 2014 event here on the forum.

Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Chichester Sussex England    September 2015

The world's best Classic Car event where Jowetts provide the taxi service.

UK National Rally

UK National Rally

Shrigley Hall Hotel Macclesfield    22nd–25th May 2015

Lyme Park on Saturday 23rd May where we will have the static display and Concours.

History

Thanks to Neil Moore in New Zealand for this timeline of the Jowett company with highlights of when the clubs formed. You can read a lot more in the books listed on this webpage. Some more on the history is on this page on the old website, take particular notice of the 50th Anniversary Celebration booklet.

1901

V twin

The two Jowett brothers, William and Benjamin, with their sister, Ruth, formed the Jowett Motor Manufacturing Company with capital of £90 split into equal shares. Their main work was building replacement engines for other cars. After many experiments they produced a 55° v twin as replacement for 6hp Dedion and Aster engine – theirs was much smoother running – quite an accomplishment in those days! Arthur Lamb looked after the clerical side of the business, and bought Ruth's share for £60 – the business was now valued at £180.

1905

Horizontally opposed

The first 4 stroke horizontally opposed 2 cylinder engine was built and a car with a smooth running engine was a possibility. Many experiments followed with different drives.

1906

Tiller steering

Eventually the AK 494 was born. 6' wheelbase, tiller steering 815cc horizontally opposed engine with the capability of 2750rpm, driving at up to 48 mph. This car then underwent 4years and 25,000 miles of trials and refinement.

1910

Started building cars

Jowett Motor Manufacturing Co started building cars!! Production started on 48 cars in batches of 12 over the next 6 years. The first car went sight unseen to South Africa. An Englishman living in Cape Town advertised nationally. He wished to purchase a car that could climb Table Mountain in one clean ascent. He challenged a manufacturer to supply on a sale or return basis. The first production Jowett was supplied on this basis and never was returned!!

1911

8hp

Resistance was being felt to the meagre RAC rating of 6.4hp for sales so the Jowett was advertised at 8hp(RAC) and sold well with no changes! A waiting list of one year developed and business went well.

1916

Earliest Jowett in NZ

The final car number 1648 or the last of 48 produced in 1916 was sold to a doctor in NZ, and is the earliest Jowett in NZ – still in Christchurch waiting to be restored.

1916-19

War Work

After the cessation of 24 hour war work Jowetts lacked any volume of work but couldn't shed staff so they made a loss for 1919. On 30th June Jowett Cars Ltd was registered with £30,000 of shares of which £1500 was paid up equally between the three. About this time a disused quarry at 5 Lane Ends was purchased for £100 and the Bradford City Corporation paid for it with tipping rights.

1920

New factory

New factory

A newly built factory was moved into by January 1920. The first car rolled out by April. By late 1920 a new road traffic act meant that by increasing bore and capacity to 907cc an RAC rating of 7.04 hp meant £7 road tax per year. So the 6.4hp became 8 hp and now 7 hp.

1922-1923

Jowett Car Club

Picnic

Jowett Car Clubs formed and the "Southern Jowett Car Club" is now the "Jowett Car Club" of today.

1925

Across Africa

Picnic

In response to challenges to British Motor Car Manufacturing Companies. The First 1770 miles through Kenya and Uganda. The Second across Africa 3800 miles from Lagos to Red Sea in 60 days over mostly no roads averaging 30mpg + 77 miles/day. Compact disk with images of the booklet of the 1926 Across Africa journey available from the Jowett Shop.

1929

4 wheel brakes

Minor changes to engine camshaft and clutch and 4 wheel brakes introduced.

1932

Rubberised bushes

Rubberised bushes on suspension points. "Silent Bloc" bushes. And "Lay rub" couplings on drive shaft.

1935

4 cylinder engine

4 cylinder engine introduced in "Jason" and "Jupiter models. Very raked radiator and twin carburettors.

1937

Back to single carburettor

Radiator rakes lessoned and back to single carburettor on 10hp 4 cylinder engine and 8hp 2 cylinder engine.

1939

Public company

Jowett by now a public company. Both Jowett brothers had retired, but still had majority shares.

1940

Synchromesh

Finally a synchromesh gearbox!

1939-1945

WW2

War work

1942

Birth of Javelin

Javelin

Gerald Palmer headhunted from MG. The start of the Javelin.

1946

Bradford

CA Bradford produced –a van with the famous 2 cylinder engine designed in 1906.

1948

Javelin in production

PA Javelin

1949

Jupiter chassis at Earls Court

Front end

Gerald Palmer leaves for MG May 1949. October London motor show "Earls Court" Jupiter chassis on display.

Rearend
1950

First class win at Le Mans

March 2 Jupiters ready -One for USA April show. 3rd Jupiter entered for Le Mans in June Finished 16th overall. 1st 1500cc class and broke Aston Martin's 1937 record with 75.8 mph average. First of 3 consecutive class wins.

1951

Motorsport success

Tulip

More rally and racing successes for Javelin and Jupiter. Best production figures for Javelin. Early 1951 gearbox built 'in-house'. April 1951 gear steel EN36 became unavailable due to Korean war. Alternative steel caused major problems and gearboxes became a problem.

1952

Gearbox problems

Gearchange

Gearboxes became a 'big' problem but various other shortcomings didn't help. In May delivery was halted briefly, for more gearbox experiments. Sales of Javelin were dropping off badly. Christmas 1952 200+ bodies stockpiled around stores and roads. Briggs asked to stop body supply temporarily in Dec 1952.

1953

Into profit

Start up negotiations with Briggs stall. New commercial vehicle range tested, but not to be put into production. No new Bradford CD! Trading improved and backlog of cars sold, and 1953 saw profit of £25,000 and 1954 of £74,000

1954

Factory closure

In July employees were told the factory and most jobs and machines would be with International Harvester from October. Last Jowett left Idle on Nov 4th 1954, a Jupiter.

1955

Jowett Engineering

Jowett Cars Ltd sold to Blackburn Aircraft. No debts and shareholders paid out pound for pound!!!! Jowetts promised to supply parts and service till Dec 1963, which it did at Howden Clough Bradford.

1956

JCC Australia

Jowett Car Club of Australia formed.

1960

Hawker Siddeley

Blackburn Aircraft became part of Hawker Siddeley Group.

1962

JCC New Zealand

Jowett Car Club of New Zealand formed.

1963

Jowett Engineering closed.

Jowett finally closed and 30 tons of parts sold at scrap prices to 5Star Motors Auckland. For the last 50 years clubs in UK, Aust, NZ, USA, & Denmark, have kept spares and the Jowett flag flying.

Where it all happened

Below shows the location of the Jowett factory in Idle, Bradford, England. Now a Morrisons supermarket.

The Jowett On-line Services

Our on-line services enable you to communicate with us more easily and save our volunteers a lot of work dealing with post, cheques and spreadsheets. These services require a separate and more secure login. The services are only available once you have registered using a simple form. This requires you have an email address that can be used for communicating with you, a telephone number so that we can call in the event email is not working, and a pass phrase that you will use to access the information.

There is an introduction to the services here.

Register

Once registered, you need to respond to an email sent to you so as to activate your account. This will then allow you to log on so you can access the services.

Login

The system will see if the email address you gave is already in the JCC membership list. If so, it will populate any fields in forms, thus saving you work and giving you the opportunity to update the record.

If your email address is not on file then just enter your details which will be kept so you do not have to do it again, unless they change.
There is a link on the 'Login' form if you have forgotten your password.

Update account details

When you login you are asked to check your details held on file. You can update your account login details if your email or phone number changes.

Check records

This facility allows you to check and correct the records held by the club, so is useful if you have moved or changed your email address.

Electronic Jowetteer

This facility allows you to request an email copy of the Jowetteer to be sent to you or to stop receiving the printed copy and thus save trees.

First Aid

This facility allows you to locate a member so may aid when visiting foreign parts or in the unlikely event you are broken down in a Jowett.

Membership renewal

This allows you to renew membership on-line and correct any details. Currently only available for JCC UK.

Contact Info.

You can use this form to contact any club officer in any club, so if you know with whom you wish to communicate please say their name, club (region) and office held. We will endeavour to put you in touch with a relevant officer, if you do not, but please give your location and car details, if appropriate.


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