Brand History

Jowett was founded in 1901 by brothers Benjamin (1877-1963) and William (1880-1965) Jowett with Arthur V Lamb. They started in the cycle business and went on to make V-twin engines. Some early engines 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. Their first Jowett lcar was produced in February 1906.

Jowett Cars Limited was a new private company formed in June 1919 to make and sell motorcars. It purchased the car manufacturing portion of the business carried on by the Jowett Motor Manufacturing Company. It became a Public Company listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1935

Brand History

Jowett's Advertisement 1935

Jowett's Plant and Production Line
Jowett's Plant and Production Line

Jowett's Plant and Production Line

Car making started in the new factory in 1920. The first vehicle was the Jowett Seven using an enlarged version of the pre-war flat twin. Thereafter all Jowetts were Sevens until the introduction of the four-cylinder engine in 1936. 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 the tourer.

Jowett's Plant and Production Line

1926 Jowett Long Four Tourer

When production restarted after the Second World War, the twin-cylinder engine was dropped from the range of new cars, but continued in 1005 cc form to the end of production. The new cars were a complete change from what had gone before with the streamlined Jowett Javelin designed by a team led by Gerald Palmer.

This had advanced features such as a flat four push-rod engine, independent front suspension with torsion bars front and rear and unitary body construction. The car was good for 80 mph (130 km/h) and had excellent handling. In 1950 the Javelin was joined by the Jowett Jupiter sports with a chassis designed by Eberan von Eberhorst who had worked for Auto Union.

Jowett's Plant and Production Line

1953 Jowett Javelin Deluxe

Jowett's Plant and Production Line

1952 Jowett Jupiter

Jowett's high performance swept away the championship of many important European sport car races which included:

  • Le Mans 24-hour International Sports Car Race): 1950-1951
  • Monte Carlo International Rally: 1951-1953
  • International Rally of Portugal - Lisbon Rally): 1951
Jowett 's Glorious  Racing History

Jowett 's Glorious Racing History

In 1950's of England, Jowett was a high end auto brand as influential as Daimler, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce.

British Car Show

1949 British Car Show

Export sales collapsed by 75% in 1952 followed by sluggish domestic sales while the nation waited for the removal of a "temporarily" increased purchase tax. This finally eased in April 1953 with disastrous long-term consequences for Jowett. Javelin production was suspended in 1953. However Jowett Cars Limited still reported a (small) profit for the financial year in 1953. In mid 1955 Jowett Cars Limited ended its activities. But shareholders still received back rather more than the nominal value of their shares.

There are some eight Jowett club regions in the UK and a very robust Australian and New Zealand group, that exist to support and promote the Jowett. Members gather with their cars for sectional meetings and once a year, for a National Rally. Members and their cars from the USA and Europe have attended.

Lovely Jowett Classic Car

Lovely Jowett Classic Car

In 2010, a group of Jowett classic car enthusiasts have decided to invest and revamp the Jowett auto brand by digging deeply the brand's DNA. They intend to reshape the brand and give her a new life along with her historic glory.