The Jowetts That Got Away

Author(s): Noel Stokoe 

ISBN: 9781781558621
£15.40 £22.00
A lavishly illustrated collection of Jowett prototype and experimental ‘might have been’ models, which failed to make it into full production.
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  • The first book to exclusively cover the various Jowett prototypes and proposed new models, which never found their way into full production

  • Several of the post-war proposed designs could have been Jowett’s saviour had fate been kinder to them. If the company had more cash to invest in these designs, their fate could have been different

  • Jowett ceased trading in 1954. As an independent company, it was saved from the fate of ‘badge engineering’, which happened to so many other famous British manufacturers during this period

  • Profusely illustrated with high-quality photographs, many of which have not been published before

Jowett Cars were built in Bradford from 1906 to 1954. All pre-war cars up to 1935 were powered by a twin-cylinder horizontally-opposed 7-hp engine. In 1935, a new four-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine was introduced with a 10-hp rating running alongside the original twin-cylinder model, which had been increased to an 8-hp rating. Little changed during the pre-war period; many of the models were made in very small numbers, and sadly, there are no survivors today.

The Jowett brothers experimented in the mid-1930s with a new inline power unit, but it did not go into production. The post-war period saw massive changes in the Jowett company with both brothers retiring before the war.

The first all-new model was the Javelin saloon that was launched in 1947 and the Jupiter sportscar in 1950. By 1951, a new range of cars, vans, pick-up and estate cars, known as the Bradford CD range, was proposed, but only reached the prototype stage.

The Jupiter won its class at Le Mans in 1950, 1951 and 1952 in a much-lightened model known as the R1. In 1953, a new Jupiter known at the R4 was launched just in time for the Motor Show, which was hoped to save the ailing company, but sadly, it was not to be with only three prototypes being built.

Unfortunately, none of these models materialised. Jowett’s history could have been so different had fate been kinder to them.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558621
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 150 pages 
ILLUSTRATIONS 131 colour images



Noel Stokoe was born in York in 1950 and like his father, has always been interested in old cars. He worked for Barclays for thirty years, then five years in a building society, finally at his local library for eight years before retiring in 2013. He bought his first Jowett in 1985, a 1952 Jupiter sports car, which he still owns. He also owns a 1952 Javelin saloon and a 1953 Bradford van. Stokoe has been the press officer and librarian of the Jowett Car Club for over thirty years and has had six books published on Jowett cars.