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The Farina Jupiters

There were four Jowett Jupiters constructed by Stabilimenti Farina of via Tortona, Turin. Here is some news of them. Stabilimenti Farina was closely related to Pininfarina during the 1950s.

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Experts in 1950s Italian coachbuilding, see question at the bottom of this page!!

Scroll to the end for some non-Jowett Stabilimenti Farina cars of the period

last update 17  November 2005

Seminal Pininfarina design on Lancia Aprilia, early post WW2


The four Farina Jupiters were built on standard factory Jupiter rolling chassis. These chassis were delivered from the works as follows:

chassis number chassis delivery

completion date of car

Farina body

number

present location
E0 SA 7R August 1950 6 October 1950 - Paris Salon 9409 UK
E0 SA 33R 17 Nov 1950 probably by mid 1951 9517 USA
E1 SA 59R 16 March 1951 at least by October 1951   NZ
E1 SA 109R 6 July 1951 October 1951 - Paris Salon 9682 UK

Have a look at this page from velocetoday.com, a UK-based webzine on Italian cars in the UK.

They have published (17/11/2004) an article on Pat Lockyer's Farina Jupiter with some gorgeous photographs

Jowett Jupiter Farina 1

ABOVE: Farina Jupiter chassis 7 outside the Stabilimenti Farina works before delivery to Paris.

Jowett Jupiter Farina 2

Two photos of Farina Jupiter 7 taken 1st October 1951 at the Jowett Factory. Standard Jupiter instruments are laid out on a painted panel. Typical early Jupiter engine with iron water transfers, long oil filler tube, labyrinth oil radiator in front of the water radiator, and air intakes behind that component.

BELOW: The same car after a five-year sojourn in Malaya (1953-58) and a longer sojourn in New Zealand, showing Jaguar grille.  These photos were taken in the 1980s in NZ, but the car, now back in the UK, probably looks fairly similar at the moment. We now have most of the history of this car before it went to Singapore and what happened when it got there!

Jowett Jupiter Farina 3

Jowett Jupiter Farina 4

 

Farina Jowett Jupiter drawing
Two drawings of Farina Jupiter 7 produced by Malcolm Bergin in 1971 for the NZ Jupiter Register - the first publication of any kind devoted to the Jupiter. It was much more than a register with interesting artwork and historical texts. The above drawing shows just how much the interior of the Farina was modified, even having a non Jowett gearbox and shift. It now has a non-Jowett steering column gear change

Here shown below are some photos of Farina Jupiter 33, resident in California now but found by Ted Miller in Chicago about 20 years ago. An advert spotted by Ted (in an old Road and Track) and successfully followed up, declared somewhat optimistically "1951 Ferrari - may be custom bodied Jowett. Excellent Farina alum. body. Running Ford V8. Interior and brakes need work...".

ABOVE PHOTO GROUP: Top row, Farina Jupiter as found in Chicago. Bottom right photo shows greatly modified engine bay: far left - a bit of the engine. Far right (at front of car) is the radiator. The engine intrudes into the car's interior.

Below, as recovered from Chicago to California in 1989

Farina Jowett Jupiter in the USA

 

Jowett Jupiter Farina with Marcel Becquart 5 Jowett Jupiter Farina 5
Becquart with his Farina Jupiter (chassis 59) some time after its return from the coachworks for a few modifications, believed to include the bonnet nostril to assist cooling. The same car 45 years later in New Zealand. Still very original including the A-post-mounted fog/spot lamp.

 

BELOW: some photos of Farina chassis 109  being personally restored by Pat Lockyer:-

The Farina Jupiter 109 as found, in the village of Lux in southern France. Hence its soubriquet "Farina de Lux". It had, however, probably spent most if not all of its working life in the Paris area. Its now peeling 1951 Paris Salon colour (Dove Grey) hid a dark blue which still survives in the interior.

It had not moved under  its own power for many a long year and the engine had seized solid through rust and a leaking gasket. Gearbox was in a bit of a mess too!

On its way to Blighty behind Pat Lockyer's trusty camper, the tarpaulin successfully ensuring no unwanted attention. The Jupiter had lost its "carte grise" and could only have been put back on the road on a "Carte Grise de Collection". This means that it could normally only be used in France by a French owner for special club-organised tours.

Probably the worst section of rust found on the basically sound car. Fortunately Pat is a pretty darned good welder.

This too-clever-by-half jacking system had been added at some time in the car's working life. Sadly, as can be seen, it only lifts one wheel!

Interior of  the car as bought. Fortunately the condition did not put off the intrepid Pat Lockyer.

See further below for the steering wheel as restored by John Blazé.

The windscreen is a replacement made from thick plastic sheet. It was translucent rather than transparent - another task for Pat to deal with, and not an easy task did it turn out to be. Again see below for Pat sorting out this particular problem.

 

Farina 109 restoration by Pat Lockyer proceeding well. The fixed part of the body is made from 42 pieces butt-welded together. This number does not include doors, bonnet, boot or sun-roof.

At this stage Pat still needs a windscreen, for the existing one is a sheet of plastic (not original) that has gone cloudy


Don't the side badges, above, and grille (all restored by John Blazé) look gorgeous?

At this stage the Farina Jup is nearly ready except that Pat has yet to solve the problem of getting a new windscreen for it.

Getting close to the re-finishing :-

Body in high-build primer. Setting-off is slow on the leaded parts, but the Autumn sun may do the trick.

 

Farina 109 steering wheel accurately restored  by John Blazé. Horn push, of course, is anachronistic (Jowett 1953) but nice.

 

Curved Farina Jupiter windscreens being moulded somewhere in Kent. Pat Locker is believed to be the mysterious figure on the extreme right.

Pat used the old plastic screen as a pattern.

Pat with three of the finished products; enough were made for all four Farina Jupiters.

 

Rusty door - shows original blue New floor as original Beautiful welds by Farina craftsman

 

Bonnet nearing readiness. The air-scoop still needs work the bonnet scoop, surprisingly, is mounted almost directly over the radiator. Air-scoop done. It seems to feed air behind the radiator and over the battery.

 

Simon Wood makes sketches of important details of Farina Jupiter 109 for his Farina Jupiter (7) restoration.

Simon is a stickler for originality, more so than most!

Other images on this page show how much his Farina has been modified over the decades of usage.

Pat Locker at work on his Farina (109), literally putting on a finishing touch prior to its respray. This must be soon in the New year!

 

Farina chassis 109 is getting its top coat, courtesy Pat Lockyer, the car's owner-restorer. Mid to late January 2003 - Getting there...but lots of rubbing down still to do!

Spraying in progress, using metallic silver, not dissimilar to the Dove Grey... ...which was colour the car was wearing for its appearance the 1951 Paris Salon. All these pictures were taken during the latter half of January 2003.

29 Jan 03: flatted, polished, lacquered... ...and all accessories attached. Glasses still to fit, then the upholstery!

29 Jan 09: front... ...and rear screens fitted. MOT soon, then the question of getting a registration mark. Rear flasher and trafficator in action

And now (26 February 2003), Farina Jupiter 109 has passed its MOT, has passed preliminary road-testing, and is waiting its journey to the trim shop:

restored Jowett Jupiter Farina 6

The dash is now as it once was, and as it should be.

Fifty-two years have been rolled back by sympathetic restoration:

Jowett Jupiter Farina 7

Farina 109's engine bay, March 2003. Runs cool,

oil pressure good, no oil leaks

Farina 109 is now (end March 2003) registered for the road, and attracting attention wherever it goes


High standard re-trim in progress, doesn't the door trim look gorgeous? Headlining going in - trimmer enjoys a cuppa during the work Map netting under the roof, plus new leather boot panel.
Mid may 2003 - the trimming... ...is complete and ready for the JCC Newport gathering! On its way . It was driven from the campsite. Unsurprisingly it won an award.

Under-dash hand throttle being developed, for easy long-distance touring:


Aleksandar Vidojkovic, of Knjazevac, Yugoslavia, sent this E-mail:-

 

 "I have 1949 Fiat 1100B cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina, aluminium body, Chassis No. 319237".

 

This is how Aleksandar's car once looked, and will again no doubt!

Stabilimenti Farina Cisitalia 202 by Vignali

Stabilimenti Farina Lancia Aurelia


Italian car experts who have got this far, here is a poser for you! Look at the two pictures below and e-mail me with the answer to the question - which Italian car of about 1950-1951 is this Jupiter based on?

Jowett Jupiter with special body Jowett Jupiter with special body 3

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