In 1950 at the Geneva Motor Show the Jowett Jupiter made its first ever appearance to the public.
And who else but the British are responsible for the Jowett Jupiter automobile, which was produced by Jowett Cars Lts of Idle near up north in Yorkshire, Bradford, UK.
The company had been making their flat twin-engined cars since 1905, quietly going their own way.
Jowett Cars were small, ultra light and very efficient, which made them quite popular.
However their team of 500-800 employees could not produce a large number of cars, but there 3,500 sales meant a good year in the late 30s.
When the Jowett Jupiter arrived around 900 of these vehicles were produced from 1949 right through to 1954.
The more modern, more sophisticated Jowett was a step up to its older sibling the Javelin, and became known to perform better.
The Jowett Jupiter’s main engineer was Aston Martin’s Roy C Lunn who drew their next generation of cars, which includes the Jowett.
The Jowett Jupiter was classified as sports car with a 2-seater drop-head coupe, wind-up windows, and 4-speed manual transmission.
As a sporting car, Jupiter’s were aimed at high speed 12 – 14 and 24-hour endurance events, with high-geared column-shifted four speed, giving an 80 MPH cruise.
The Jupiter was the most successful car Jowett produced, so it was hard to beat after production ended.