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Welcome to the definitive Jowett Jupiter car website

What, when, from whom, well and how, why and wherefore

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More than half a century later - more than half of all production of this always-rare type of Jowett Jupiter still exists! And more than half of special-bodied Jupiters remain, many in running order.

For information on the Jupiter Owners Auto Club (JOAC) contact:-

Tony Day, 1 Troytown Cottages, Troytown, Dorchester, DT2 8QF, UK.    Telephone +44 (0)1305-848 403

Click here for the current JOAC list of spare parts for Jupiter cars

This website has been on the net since 1997. This makes it easily the oldest site devoted to any aspect of Jowett cars. Some say it is still the best!!

For 2012 the Jupiter club's 50th anniversay year, there was a 'Jupithon' which JOAC ran from 3rd to 7th September that year

Jupiters travelled over 900 miles  around the UK rather like the Olympic Torches. End point was the main JOAC event in York, the 'Jupilee'. There were 25 stages (legs) with 30 Jupiters involved. The Jupithon was completed with no hold-ups. For the full story click here


Ed Nankivell's very new edition of the book:- The Jowett Jupiter - The Car that Leaped to Fame

This award-winning book is now available. 
Hugely, gigantically updated and improved over the 1981 version, and much praised.

It is published by Veloce - publisher of fine automotive books

Buy it now! Look on eBay or Amazon or contact Ed Nankivell direct, while club members can contact the JOAC


You don't have to be a Jowett owner past or present to enjoy this special-bodied Jupiter book from cover to cover

The hugely-respected motoring writer Michael Ware has this to say about it: "This is the type of book I really enjoy..."

 "...He often goes into detail on some other cars, commercial vehicles or in one case the Flying Flea aircraft for which these companies built the is surprising how many of these cars are still extant...a real labour of love and very readable too."

March 2013, this special-bodied Jupiter is seeing the light of day after 60 years hibernation, for more read THE BOOK!!

Jupiter with special body in Australia

magazine July 2012 has this: "Who would have thought there were enough special-bodied Jupiters for a book...well there were, and some by well-known firms...Farina bodied four pretty fixed-head coupés...Abbott and Radford among the specialsts who clothed Bradford's finest sports car...the author has brought all his 40 years experience to bear on producing the definitive study...packed with rare photos. A must for  lovers of the arcane..." 

This highly-regarded book, which has had a universally excellent response from readers including many non-Jowett owners,
 visit this website

One can only describe it as a 'rave review' in The Automobile of February 2012  where a full half page is devoted to it.

"Every marque has its chronicler. Jowett's is unquestionably Edmund Nankivell...the author has amassed a commendably catholic collection of illustrations...all this helps to put the special bodied Jupiter in the context of the is well produced and, commendably, has a colourful printed hard cover..."

Bienvenu, friends, to the Home Page of the Jowett Jupiter, one of the best  classic sports cars of the early nineteen fifties. Discover a little of its history, its motor sporting successes, books, who is campaigning their Jupiter today half a century after the Jupiter era...

Friend: having reached this tiny outpost on the world-wide web, why not take a little time to read about the life and times of this unusual and rare classic sports car? The Jowett car. What some would call a sportcar or even an antique car - only in the very best sense of the word of course! Note that the Jowett Jupiter was always a rare car with only 900 built.

Jowett Jupiter for sale

New web page:- this new page carries links to websites offering Jowett Jupiters for sale.

There are many more Jupiters for sale which are not on the internet, you could contact Edmund Nankivell for information

Another must-have new book has arrived! Ed Nankivell's very new edition of the book:- The Jowett Jupiter - The Car that Leaped to Fame

This fully revised and updated award-winning edition available from Wordery, and Amazon of course and you might even find it on eBay.

Yes, a book is also out, written by Edmund Nankivell and published by him, is entitled Jowett Jupiter Special Body - from Abbott & Beutler to Rochdale & Worblaufen. Available from Amazon and Chaters.

Why not treat yourself to the book The Jowett Jupiter, a Car for Road Rally and Race.

An easy on-line way to buy this excellent book at a knock-down price is through

Chater's Motoring Booksellers of 25 Murrell Green Business Park, Murrell Green, Hook, Hants, England.

Chater's price is now £4.99.

Or, you can order from Chater's by telephone +44(0)1256 765 443


You can also purchase it at the same price through the website of Motor Books :-

33 St. Martins Court, London WC2N 4AN, England.

You can telephone Motor Books on +44 (0)20 7836 5376.

For you North Americans, there is now the North American Jowett Register web site.

Its URL is

Check out these books on Jupiters and Jowetts.

This excellent book by Edmund Nankivell and Geoff McAuley covers the complete story of the Javelin and Jupiter. Research has produced MUCH NEW material but it does NOT render obsolete "The Car for Road Rally and Race".

For the Jowett Club's Facebook page, click here

For good-read books, click here

If you are only here for beer click here.

I would like to extend a special welcome to all visitors who bear the name Jowett: I hope you all find it of interest. In fact, I have included a small section on the family of the the company's founders, William Jowett and Benjamin Jowett, and a small number of their descendants.

This site is devoted to the last model produced by the august former car-builder from Yorkshire, England

The author of this website is Edmund Nankivell, of Sussex, England. He has owned Jupiters since 1967. He has written a book on the Jupiter, co-authored a book on Jowett Cars Ltd, and had published a number of articles for specialised heritage car magazines. He has now co-authored (with Geoff McAuley) a book on the Javelin and Jupiter - with much much much new material!

Motor on in to read all about it!

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to this arcane, specialist-interest site since 16 August 1997


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Other makes of car with similar names to Jowett include Jewel made in Bradford, Yorkshire by John E. Wood between 1921 and 1933.
and of course Jewett built in the USA between 1922 and 1926 by the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company of Detroit Michigan. Both rare cars!

Possibly the longest-running meeting-place of Jowett cars anywhere in the world is the Black Lion pub, near Brighton, Sussex, England. On the first Sunday of every November the famous VCC London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place, an event which over the decades has become a hugely popular spectator activity. Us local Jowett folk have been doing just that from the Black Lion pub every year since 1970.

In all those years until 2001 I never noticed the black lion on the plinth.

We also meet on the first Sunday in May every year at the same place to watch the HCVC historic commercial vehicles go by, also on their way from London to Brighton. For this spring meeting, the sun always seems to shine, something that cannot always be said to be true for the winter one.


Five Germans in an Audi Quattro arrive at the Italian border.

The Italian Customs agent stops them and tells them: "It's illegal to put 5 people in a Quattro."

"Vot do you mean it's illegal?", asks the German driver.

"Quattro means-a four", replies the Italian official.

"Qvattro is just ze name of ze automobile" the Germans retort unbelievingly "Look at ze papers: zis car is designt to kerry 5 persons."

"You can't-a pull-a that-a one on-a me!", replies the Italian customs agent, "Quattro means-a four. You have-a five-a people in-a your car and you are therefore-a breaking the law."

The German driver replies angrily, "You idiot! Call your zupervisor over - I vant to speak to somevone viz more intelligence!"

"Sorry" responds the Italian official, "He can't-a come. He's-a busy talking to two guys in a Fiat Uno."

 Here are links to the other pages on this website devoted to the Jowett Jupiter classic car:-

||Jupiter (cars!) photos||Jupiter Specification||Buy the Jupiter Book||Buy Crowood's Javelin/Jupiter Book||

||Magazine Page||Magazine page start to 2003||Magazine page 2002 to 2005||Magazine page 2005 to 2008||Main Index Page||Famous Jupiter Owners||

||Book List||Competition History||Production History||Jowett Genealogy||Farina Jupiters|| 

||Spares and Services||A handbuilt car||Jowett Clubs||Le Mans Jupitour 2000||Blois Jupitour 2003||Jupitour 2006||Jupitour 2007||The Jupi-Jaunt to Baie de Somme 2012||The Jupithon of 2012||

||Interesting Jupiter links||Quirky Jupiter photos||A Jupiter travels to Hyères||

Some links to the outside world:-

For an excellent and inexpensive trackable international parcel service, I use

Here is a click-able link to a totally online classic car magazine

For authoritative Classic Car (and Classic Bike) Insurance you could try Peter James

The UK company Beeches Recovery have a covered/enclosed transporter ideal for moving prestige and classic cars.

 In addition, they offer 24-hour breakdown and recovery throughout the UK.

Keith Clements has an excellent website for Jowett folk, especially Jowett Car Club folk. And there is a facebook page would you Adam and Eve it"

Chris Freudenberg, artist and Jupiter owner

The Vintage Sports Car Club of America has a useful page of links

Automotive World magazine links page to Jowett pages and more...

For Jowett Jupiter specifications and other details visit

The Southward Car Museum in New Zealand has a very nice one-owner-from-new Jupiter on show.

Its owner was Bill Youren, a farmer with big acreage near Napier - he was also a connoisseur of old Chinese porcelein. The photo is by Julian Pistorius 

This website is the definitive Jowett Jupiter site. Please come back soon!