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The Jowett Jupiter Booklist - if you are interested in the Jupiter you should  have these books in your collection...

Especially this one!

Now available (from May 2016)

Award-winning marvellously excellent
fully re-worked new edition of:-

The Jowett Jupiter, the Car that Leaped to Fame

This new edition is published by


Publishers of fine automotive books

You will find it on the Chaters website

ISBN 978-1-845849-12-2

To find it on Amazon click here
Jowett Jupiter book cover

Classic & Sports Car Magazine of June 2016 had this to say about the book:-

No one will ever know as much about the Jupiter as Edmund Nankivell, who bought his first in 1967 and has been researching them ever since.

This new edition of his masterwork charts the car’s development – on a frame designed by Dr Robert Eberan von Eberhorst while he was at ERA – its competition career in fine detail. As Nankivell points out, body fabrication was slow in the early 1950s, so 75 rolling chassis were supplied to 33 coachbuilders, 63% of which survive (against 44% for the standard car). Many are illustrated, from the gorgeous Beutler roadster and Farina coupé to the gawky Deaton Special – just a few of the superb archive photos, including many rally shots and an aerial view of the Bradford factory. It’s not cheap, but it is outstanding


New, available since 1 November 2011

Jowett Jupiter Special Body -

From Abbott and Beutler to Rochdale and Worblaufen


ISBN 9 780954 114411
Author: Edmund Nankivell
Publisher: Penmellyn Publications

For more on this important work, click here

Available worldwide from

Also on Amazon



Another book devoted just to the Jowett Jupiter !


The Jowett Jupiter, a Car for Road, Rally and Race
ISBN 0-9541144-0-X
Author: Edmund Nankivell
Publisher: Penmellyn Publications and still available.


Available from all good bookshops but quote the ISBN, or Click this link to contact


Jowett Javelin and Jupiter - The Complete Story
ISBN 1-86126 562-X
Authors: Geoff McAuley and

Publisher: The Crowood Press in April 2003. Available from all good bookshops. Discounts available.

This is, and most likely always will be, the authoritative book on the Jowett Javelin and Jupiter

Available from Chaters 8 South Street, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7DH, England. Tel: 44 (0)208 568 9750 Fax: 44 (0)208 569 8273

E-mail: [email protected]

USA readers: The book devotes a full chapter to the Jupiter's USA competition history. February 2005 Road & Track carried a glowing review! They loved it!

Australians can visit the Pitstop Bookshop website and enter 'Nankivell' for two books by him.

Description: The Jowett Javelin and the sports Jupiter models are the stuff of legend and many stories have been told about them. Some of the stories are even true! This book separates fact from fiction and tells the whole story of the advanced Javelin and Jupiter models, their production and sporting history, special versions and the promising but ultimately still born R4 and CD models that could have saved the company's car manufacturing future. Fans of Jowetts, classic British cars and automotive lost causes will love this beautifully presented book.

For UK purchasers, the WH Smith online shop lists several book on Jowett cars. Click on this link then type Jowett in the search box.

Jowett Javelin and Jupiter - The Complete Story has been reviewed in the UK's Practical Classics magazine June 2003 issue. They liked it a lot! "This is the last word on the great history and tragic demise of one of the most forward-thinking British car manufacturers...makes you realise why so many people have such a great affection for these advanced 'fifties machines".

It was Classics magazine Book of the Month for July 2003.

And the 1991 highly regarded hardback book of 224 pages - The Complete Jowett History - published by Haynes has as authors  Paul Clark and Edmund Nankivell but in fact Paul only got the deal from Haynes and did absolutely nothing else.

Besides Nankivell it has five other specialist Jowett contributors. It should still be listed on Amazon

Complete Jowett History book cover

The original The Jowett Jupiter - the Car that Leaped to Fame
It has now been hugely improved and updated but if you collect "First editions" then read on...

This is my first book, published in 1981 by Batsford

It may still available on the  internet although long out of print. You could try Amazon

The full history of the Jowett Jupiter well told with all its many major sporting achievements - now re-told:-

Hugely and marvellously updated and enlarged in a wholly new edition published by Veloce

Of course, the Jupiter's  "Leap to Fame" was its amazing 1950 Class Win at Le Mans when the car was new, only two others existed, and preparation time was short indeed.

Book cover of The Jowett Jupiter the Car That Leaped to Fame

Abebooks also stock Edmund Nankivell's books

Noel Stokoe's fifth book is called "Jowett – A Century of Memories" out November 2010.  Like My Car was a Jowett, this is a collection of ex-owner's letters plus their photographs. There will also be a colour section with photos Noel took at the 2010 JCC Centenary Rally. This book is available from Amberley Publishing

Noel Stokoe's fourth book is called "Sporting Jowetts". It is published by The History Press priced at £17.99rrp . It is a compilation of reminiscences of people who went sporting in Jowetts.

Noel Stokoe's third book is called "Jowett - Advertising the Marque". It is published by Tempus (now the History Press) priced at £12.99rrp (can be purchased from The History Press via their website). For the first time it brings together Jowett's wonderfully colloquial adverts from the 1920s all the way through to the firm's closure in 1954.

Noel Stokoe's second book is called "My Car was a Jowett" and is a collection of 110 letters from ex-Jowett owners including Sir Stirling Moss and the explorer John Blashford-Snell. It is a nostalgic and light-hearted  look at Jowett ownership from the 1920s onwards. 160 pages, 100 photos.

Noel's first book is called "Jowett 1901 - 1954" is published by Tempus (now the History Press) in their Images of Motoring series.

The history of the Jowett company is told through over 200 excellent photographs with some text.

This book has been reprinted 3 times so far.

To order over the internet from the History press: click on The History Press then put "Stokoe" in the search box and click Search

History Press postal addresses:

   The History Press Ltd, The Mill, Brimscombe Port, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QG, UK

   The History Press, 11 Percy Street, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

Books well worth reading that mention Jupiters include:

A major book for Jowett and MG people is entitled Auto-Architect and is subtitled The Autobiography of Gerald Palmer. A fascinating and detailed account of the life and designs of the man responsible for the Jowett Javelin, the Wolseley 4/44, MG ZA Magnette, Riley pathfinder, and the Wolseley 6/90. There is much technical detail which does not reduce the book's inherent readability. An example is his discussion on page 51 of why the MG Magnette looks slightly higher at the rear than Gerry had intended. He was the inspiration behind the MGA Twin-cam engine, and played a role in the acquisition by Rover of the 3.5litre V8 engine from Buick.

He played no part in the Jupiter project, having left Jowett before it got under way. He had always wanted to design a production sports car but never did, having to content himself with a self-designed special and the restoration of the 1924 Targa Florio Mercedes and a Bugatti.

Contact Magna press, Knowle House, Hooke Road, East Horsley, Nr Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 5DY, England. Only 750 copies have been printed in what is described as a Limited Edition.

These two books, both very well illustrated and both good in their way and well researched, are disappointing from the Jupiter angle.

The A-Z of British Coachbuilders 1919-1960 (Nick Walker - Bay View Books) has interesting things to say about Abbott, Coachcraft, Flewitt, and Harold Radford, four of a much larger number of British coachbuilders to work on Jupiter chassis, but only Radford is mentioned as bodying "at least one Jupiter". The author covers the pre-WWII period with commendable thoroughness, but confines his post-war writings to what he calls the survivors (except for Radford) who stuck to what in his view are "conventional" coachbuilding techniques. He also confines himself to passenger cars, wisely. Briggs Bodies (who built Bradford and Javelin bodies post WWII amongst rather more Fords) are included on the strength of some neat thirties offerings.

Classic Cars of the 1950s and 1960s (Michael Sedgewick - Tiger Books International)

And that is about it apart from a drawing of Javelin! The elegant Jupiter, whose chassis was designed by Eberan-Eberhorst of Auto Union fame, which won its class three times in a row at Le Mans and class-won the Monte and outright-won the Lisbon international rallies (amongst other victories including Watkins Glen) qualifies only for the briefest of mentions in Mike "The Mouth" Sedgewick's quirky view.

Don't let me put you off, though. Get them from your local library.

Two Jupiter-relevant books available through conventional car book shops (or Mill House Books, The Mill House, Eastville, Boston, Lincs PE22 8LS, UK - E-mail [email protected]) are JOWETT ALL-TIME GREATS, and POST-WAR JOWETT. Both these books are actually reprints of magazine articles (period and beyond) and period road tests, and there may be some overlap between the two publications. The standard of reprinting is not as high as one would wish, but at least they are available.


Edmund Nankivell (10 December 2016).

This book on the Morgan 4-wheeler: Morgan Sports Cars, the Early Years (by two life-long Morgan owner/enthusiasts Alderson and Chapman) has all the flavour of the times when the Jupiter was "in-era". It will be of interest to all who want to know more about amateur motor sport from the thirties up to 1953.

Available from Melvyn Rutter Ltd price GBP24.95 + packing & post:

Tel +44-(0)1279-725 725 or fax +44-(0)1279-726 901

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Or check the label of this pleasant Belgian beer for the one different letter! It's the best-selling pils beer in Belgium. It has even had a Reggae song written about it...see below...

Jupiler Reggae

I was walking through the street one day
I saw a man with a bottle in his hand
I went to the man and I asked him in his face
Hey, man, what beer are you drinking there ?
You must be joking was what he said
only one beer goes in my head
you know, I am a Jupiler man
drink it as much as I can

I am a Jupiler man, love it as much as I can
A Jupiler man, a Jupiler man

Jupiler, Jupiler, Jupiler
that’s my beer, for that I care
Jupiler, Jupiler, Jupiler
Jupiler, Jupiler, Jupiler


Scientists have discovered that beer includes replicas of female hormones. So, drinking too much beer could make men into women, hence brewers' droop! To test the findings, tests carried out jointly by MIT, Cambridge University, Manchester College of Science and Technology, and the Guy Lombardo institute of pure science, 100,000 men were forced to drink 14 pints of real ale each day for seven days.

It was then observed that 97.275% of the men:-

= talked excessively without really making sense

= gained weight

= became overly emotional and failed to think rationally

= couldn't drive their motor car, even when it was a Jowett

= argued over nothing at all, and failed to apologise when wrong

Sorry ladies! Science is science

Congratulations for persisting this far! Californians can find a genuine Jupiter beer here!

Or, for UK beer-drinking Jupiter owners, try this website

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