Welcome to the definitive Jowett Jupiter car website
What, when, from whom, well and how, why and wherefore
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More than half a century later - more than half of all production of this always-rare type of Jowett Jupiter still exists! And more than half of special-bodied Jupiters remain, many in running order.
For information on the Jupiter Owners Auto Club (JOAC), contact
22 Aston End Road, Aston, Stevenage, SG2 7EH, UK. Telephone +44 (0)1438-880 394
Click here for the current JOAC list of spare parts for Jupiter cars
This website has been on the net since 1997. This makes it easily the oldest site devoted to any aspect of Jowett cars. Some say it is still the best!!
For 2012 the Jupiter club's 50th anniversay
there was a 'Jupithon' which JOAC ran from 3rd to 7th September that year
Jupiters travelled over 900 miles around the UK rather like the Olympic Torches. End point was the main JOAC event in York, the 'Jupilee'. There were 25 stages (legs) with 30 Jupiters involved. The Jupithon was completed with no hold-ups. For the full story click here
Ed Nankivell's very new edition of the book:- The Jowett Jupiter - The Car that Leaped to Fame
This award-winning book is now available.
Hugely, gigantically updated and improved over the 1981 version, and much praised.
It is published by Veloce - publisher of fine automotive books
Buy it now! Look on eBay or Amazon or contact Ed Nankivell direct, while club members can contact the JOAC
You don't have to be a Jowett owner past or present to enjoy this special-bodied Jupiter book from cover to cover
"...He often goes into detail on some other cars, commercial vehicles or in one case the Flying Flea aircraft for which these companies built the coachwork...it is surprising how many of these cars are still extant...a real labour of love and very readable too."
March 2013, this special-bodied Jupiter is seeing the light of day after 60 years hibernation, for more read THE BOOK!!
Octane magazine July 2012 has this: "Who would have thought there were enough special-bodied Jupiters for a book...well there were, and some by well-known firms...Farina bodied four pretty fixed-head coupés...Abbott and Radford among the specialsts who clothed Bradford's finest sports car...the author has brought all his 40 years experience to bear on producing the definitive study...packed with rare photos. A must for lovers of the arcane..."
This highly-regarded book, which has had a universally excellent response from readers including many non-Jowett owners,visit this website
One can only describe it as a 'rave review' in The Automobile of February 2012 where a full half page is devoted to it.
"Every marque has its chronicler. Jowett's is unquestionably Edmund Nankivell...the author has amassed a commendably catholic collection of illustrations...all this helps to put the special bodied Jupiter in the context of the time...it is well produced and, commendably, has a colourful printed hard cover..."
Bienvenu, friends, to the Home Page of the Jowett Jupiter, one of the best classic sports cars of the early nineteen fifties. Discover a little of its history, its motor sporting successes, books, who is campaigning their Jupiter today half a century after the Jupiter era...
Friend: having reached this tiny outpost on the world-wide web, why not take a little time to read about the life and times of this unusual and rare classic sports car? The Jowett car. What some would call a sportcar or even an antique car - only in the very best sense of the word of course! Note that the Jowett Jupiter was always a rare car with only 900 built.
Jowett Jupiter for sale
New web page:- this new page carries links to websites offering Jowett Jupiters for sale.
There are many more Jupiters for sale which are not on the internet, you could contact Edmund Nankivell for information
Here is a website with multiple pictures of Geoff McAuley's very special Fiorano Jupiter, now with a new owner-driver
new book has
arrived! Ed Nankivell's very new edition of the book:- The Jowett Jupiter - The Car that Leaped to Fame
This fully revised and updated award-winning edition available from Wordery, and Amazon of course and you might even find it on eBay.
Why not treat yourself to the book The Jowett Jupiter, a Car for Road Rally and Race.
An easy on-line way to buy this excellent book at a knock-down price is through
Chater's Motoring Booksellers of 25 Murrell Green Business Park, Murrell Green, Hook, Hants, England.
Chater's price is now £4.99.
Or, you can order from Chater's by telephone +44(0)1256 765 443
You can also purchase it at the same price through the website of Motor Books :-
33 St. Martins Court, London WC2N 4AN, England.
You can telephone Motor Books on +44 (0)20 7836 5376.
For you North Americans, there is now the North American Jowett Register web site.
Its URL is www.jowettjupiter.com
Check out these books on Jupiters and Jowetts.This excellent book by Edmund Nankivell and Geoff McAuley covers the complete story of the Javelin and Jupiter. Research has produced MUCH NEW material but it does NOT render obsolete "The Car for Road Rally and Race".
If you are only here for beer click here.
I would like to extend a special welcome to all visitors who bear the name Jowett: I hope you all find it of interest. In fact, I have included a small section on the family of the the company's founders, William Jowett and Benjamin Jowett, and a small number of their descendants.
This site is devoted to the last model produced by the august former car-builder from Yorkshire, England
|The author of this website is Edmund Nankivell, of Sussex, England. He has owned Jupiters since 1967. He has written a book on the Jupiter, co-authored a book on Jowett Cars Ltd, and had published a number of articles for specialised heritage car magazines. He has now co-authored (with Geoff McAuley) a book on the Javelin and Jupiter - with much much much new material!|
After touring around the site, remember that the Guestbook is at your service! Jowett Javelin enthusiasts will find a relevant link on the Magazine page.
You are discerning visitor
to this arcane,
specialist-interest site since 16 August 1997
or if you prefer it:-
Other makes of car with similar
to Jowett include
Jewel made in Bradford, Yorkshire
by John E. Wood between 1921 and
and of course Jewett built in the USA between 1922 and 1926 by the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company of Detroit Michigan. Both rare cars!
|Possibly the longest-running meeting-place of
Jowett cars anywhere in the world is the
Black Lion pub, near Brighton, Sussex, England. On the first Sunday of
every November the famous VCC London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes
place, an event which over the decades has become a hugely popular
spectator activity. Us local Jowett folk have been doing just that from
the Black Lion pub every year since 1970.
In all those years until 2001 I never noticed the black lion on the plinth.
We also meet on the first Sunday in May every year at the same place to watch the HCVC historic commercial vehicles go by, also on their way from London to Brighton. For this spring meeting, the sun always seems to shine, something that cannot always be said to be true for the winter one.
Five Germans in an Audi Quattro arrive at the
The Italian Customs agent stops
them and tells them: "It's illegal to put 5 people in a Quattro."
"Vot do you mean it's illegal?", asks the German driver.
"Quattro means-a four", replies the Italian official.
"Qvattro is just ze name of ze
automobile" the Germans retort unbelievingly "Look at ze papers: zis car is
designt to kerry 5 persons."
"You can't-a pull-a that-a one
on-a me!", replies the Italian customs agent, "Quattro means-a four.
You have-a five-a people in-a your car and you are therefore-a breaking
The German driver replies
angrily, "You idiot! Call your zupervisor over - I vant to speak to
somevone viz more intelligence!"
"Sorry" responds the Italian official, "He can't-a come. He's-a busy talking to two guys in a Fiat Uno."
Some links to the outside world:-
For an excellent and inexpensive trackable international parcel service, I use Interparcel.com
Here is a click-able link to a totally online
classic car magazine classiccarmag.net
For authoritative Classic Car (and Classic Bike) Insurance you could try Peter James
The UK company Beeches Recovery have a covered/enclosed transporter ideal for moving prestige and classic cars.
In addition, they offer 24-hour breakdown and recovery throughout the UK.
The Vintage Sports Car Club of America has a useful page of links
Automotive World magazine links page to Jowett pages and more...
For Jowett Jupiter specifications and other details visit Carfolio.com
The Southward Car Museum in
New Zealand has a very nice one-owner-from-new Jupiter on show.
Its owner was Bill Youren, a farmer with big acreage near Napier - he was also a connoisseur of old Chinese porcelein. The photo is by Julian Pistorius
This website is the definitive Jowett Jupiter site. Please come back soon!