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More than half a century later - more than half of all production of this always-rare Jowett Jupiter car still exists!

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.

             But:- this website is pure Nankivell not Jowett Jupiter

Check out these books on Jupiters and Jowetts. Buy now if you have not already done so !!

Or, 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 8 South Street, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7BG, England.

Chater's price is now 4.99.

Or, you can order from Chater's by telephone +44 (0)20 8568 9750

Or by Fax +44 (0)20 8568 8273

For you North Americans, there is now the North American Jowett Register web site.

Its URL is

Click here for a  JOAC list of spare parts for Jupiter cars - for an up-to-date list, join the Jupiter Owners' Auto Club

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!!

If you are only here for beer click here.

Other books have arrived!

Yes, a book (published by Veloce) By Edmund Nankivell covers the story of the Jowett Jupiter. Research has produced MUCH NEW material but for full details of the book on Special-bodied Jupiters click here. Gives you all you would ever want to know about the Special-bodie Jupiters

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:


  Jowett Jupiter  

English sports car.

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!

Motor on in to read all about it!

You are discerning visitor

to this arcane, specialist-interest site since 16 August 1997


Other makes of car with similar names to Jowett include Jewel made in Bradford, Yorkshire by John E. Wood between 1921 and 1933.
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 Italian border.

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 law."

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."

 Here are links to the other pages on this website devoted to the Jowett Jupiter classic car:-

||Jupiter (cars!) photos||Jupiter Specification||Buy the Jupiter Book||Buy Crowood's Javelin/Jupiter Book||

||Magazine Page||Magazine Overflow||Main Index Page||Famous Jupiter Owners||

||Book List||Competition History||Production History||Jowett Genealogy||Farina Jupiters|| 

||Spares and Services||A handbuilt car||Jowett Clubs||Le Mans Jupitour 2000||Blois Jupitour 2003||Jupitour 2006||Jupitour 2007||

||Interesting Jupiter links||Quirky Jupiter photos||A Jupiter travels to Hyres||


Some links to the outside world:-

For an excellent and inexpensive trackable international parcel service, I use

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.

Keith Clements has an excellent website for Jowett folk, especially Jowett Car Club folk

Chris Freudenberg, artist and Jupiter owner

The Vintage Sports Car Club of America has a useful page of links

The revived North American Jowett Register has its own website

For Jowett Jupiter specifications and other details visit