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About Jowett

Jowett was a car marque from Bradford, England from 1906 to 1954.

History

The company was founded by the brothers Benjamin and William Jowett who started in the cycle business and went on to make V-twin engines for driving machinery; some found their way locally into other makes of cars as replacements. In 1904 they became the Jowett Motor Manufacturing Company based in Back Burlington Street, Bradford. They designed their first car in 1906 but as their little workshop was fully occupied in general engineering activities, experiments with different engine configurations, and making the first six Scott motor cycles, it did not go into production until 1910. This car used an 816 cc flat twin water-cooled engine and three-speed gearbox with tiller steering. The body was a lightweight open two seater. Twelve vehicles were made before an improved version with wheel steering was launched in 1913 and a further 36 were made before the outbreak of the First World War when the factory was turned over to munitions manufacture. Two tiller steerers still survive.

After the war the company moved to the Springfield Works, Bradford Road, Idle, outside Bradford, and they changed the company name to Jowett Cars Ltd. Car making started at the new factory in 1920. The first vehicle was the Seven using an enlarged version of the pre-war flat twin first to 831 cc and then to 907cc in 1921. The engine developed its maximum torque at low revs and was soon famed for its pulling power, reliability and economy. Commercial vehicles based on the car chassis were also built from 1922 and became an increasingly important part of the company's output. Jowett first exhibited at the London Motor Show in 1921 and gradually broke out of their previous local market. In 1923 coil ignition and electric starting were added and the four-seater "Long Four" was introduced in tourer form priced from £245 followed in 1925 by a closed saloon model, the previous short-chassis two-seater continuing in production. In 1929, the engine received removable cylinder heads to ease maintenance and braking was on all four wheels. Production was briefly suspended in September 1931 when fire swept through the works.

1934 saw the launch of the Kestrel with four speed gearbox and in 1935 there was the oddly named Weasel sports tourer. The first four-cylinder (flat four) car arrived in 1936 with the 1166cc twin carburettor Ten which continued until the outbreak of war alongside the traditional twin cylinder models which grew to 946cc in 1937. In 1935 the company went public and in 1936 Benjamin Jowett retired. Brother William carried on until 1940.

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4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.5L OHV M-4
37.3 kW / 50.0 hp / 50.0 hp        
   

Jowett Javelin PA-PD (1947)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1486 cm3 / 90.7 cu in / 90.7 cu in, 37.3 kW / 50.0 hp / 50.0 hp @ 4100 rpm / 4100 rpm / 4100 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 124 km/h / 77 mph / 77 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.5L OHV    
39.1 kW / 52.4 hp / 52.4 hp  103.0 N·m / 76.0 lb·ft / 76.0 lb·ft
   

Jowett Javelin PE (1952)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1486 cm3 / 90.7 cu in / 90.7 cu in, 39.1 kW / 52.4 hp / 52.4 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 103.0 N·m / 76.0 lb·ft / 76.0 lb·ft @ 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm, rear wheel drive, 129 km/h / 80 mph / 80 mph top speed

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