on September 15, 2005
If you are younger that fifty, the name Jowett will mean nothing to you, unless you are a motoring historian.
However, the Jowett Javelin was the first all-new British car since World War II, and that alone makes its story worth telling. This book is unusual in that two authors, Geoff Mc Auley and Edmund Nankivell, co-operated in writing it. Not only do they tell the story of the development of both the Javelin and the Jupiter, but they also look at their motorsport success, which few people probably remember, and they also speculate about the possible reasons for the company's demise. Moreover, full advice on buying and restoration is given.
As you read the book, you realise that these cars were perhaps a bit quirky, but that was the one quality that made them the classics they became. The affection with wchich the car was regarded, is reflected in the story the authors tell about one ex-Jupiter owner. He sold his car on the strict condition that the car not return to his home town, because he could not bear to see it again. One of the few Jupiter G4 models that were produced before the company closed down, was traced, and graces the front cover with the Javelin and Jupiter. That fact alone tells its own story. It is also interesting to note that the authors compare the cars to the likes of the NSU RO 80 and the Audi A2.
What is very interesting, is that the motor manufacturers were very open about their designs in those days, and did nothing to hide the details of models they would introduce later. One can see a picture of a Javelin painted onto the bodywork of a pre-war Jowett van, and a photograph of that van is included. Imagine this in the 21st century. Highly unlikely, if not impossible. This photograph must have been included to remind readers that new models were not always shrouded in secrecy, and to some extent it makes you long for the old days.
Whether you remember the Jowetts from when they were new, or whether you want to learn more about this forgotten marque, this book is well worth having.
on December 18, 2007
This is a terrific book on a little known sportcar seldom seen even in England, and much more rare in the U.S.
There were only 8 of these cars here in 1954 when my brother owned his. Jowett had made other models that I was unfamiliar with. Good pictures which were interesting, but would have liked to have seen more color photos.It had terrific history of how the company evolved, and went into a lot of interesting details about their cars.