1951 Jowett Javelin DeLuxe
Fresh from a
four-year restoration; few owners; fabulous condition; nice transferable number;
find a better one!
Designed by Gerald Palmer during World War II, the Javelin
was a major leap forward for the Jowett Car Company and was so far ahead of its
UK rivals that it stood comparison with the best European cars from Lancia, Fiat
Launched in 1946, it was a breath of fresh air to a
British motoring public used to the frumpy saloons of the pre-war era. The
unitary pressed steel body included modern aerodynamic styling with faired in
headlights, a steeply raked curved windscreen and a sloping fastback tail. It
was made for Jowett by Briggs Motor Bodies in Doncaster before final assembly at
Jowett’s factory in Idle, Bradford.
The 1.5-litre flat-four overhead valve engine had an
aluminium block and was water-cooled with the radiator behind the engine. Fitted
with two Zenith carburettors and mated to a four-speed gearbox, it developed
52bhp, giving the car brisk acceleration and a top speed of 80mph.
The positioning of the engine ahead of the front axle and
the use of a column change meant Gerald Palmer could comfortably seat six in his
roomy, fast-moving saloon and period publications praised the car's good
performance, original design and fine handling thanks to independent front
suspension with torsion bars front and rear.
While the standard Javelin interior was by no means
austere for the time, from 1950 buyers could opt for a ‘DeLuxe’ version which
came with bigger bumpers, front fog light, plusher interior fittings, leather
seats and a more expansive array of dials set in a wooden dashboard.
Not just at home on the work run, the Javelin achieved
considerable competition success, coming first in class at the 1949 Monte Carlo
Rally, winning the 2-litre touring car class at the Spa 24-hour race that same
year, and winning the 1953 International Tulip Rally outright.
Over 23,000 were sold before Jowett closed down in 1954
and had it been made by a bigger company like Ford, it would have sold ten times
that number, so good was the design.
First registered in Lincoln in September 1951, this
Javelin DeLuxe has had just four owners from new, our vendor acquiring it in
2018 in a completely dismantled state from an elderly gent in Hull who had begun
to restore the car before being struck down by illness.
A Jowett enthusiast with a collection of similar cars, our
vendor embarked on a labour of love restoration which was to take almost four
years to complete. The original engine was in a poor state so he used one from
another Javelin in his collection which he knew to be good. Although there are
no bills to show exactly what has been done, the car speaks for itself and, as
you can see in the photos, it is in lovely condition throughout.
Much expertise and countless hours have gone into this car
and you could not hope to replicate the task at the guide price suggested. It
wasn’t done to sell, only to save one of the few that remain from being lost for
Starting promptly and running nicely as we have moved it
around on site, with good 60psi oil pressure, it comes with an original 1951
Javelin Owner’s Instruction Book, a 1969 Autopress Workshop Manual, road tests
of the model and a copy of The Jowetteer – ‘Journal of the World’s Oldest One
Make Car Club’.
The icing on the cake is the original Lincoln-issue number
plate, EVL 935, which is transferable. But that would be evil, wouldn’t it?
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or