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Jowett: Javelin

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November 1946.
1949. Reg No: 204 LPG. Exhibit at the National Motor Museum.
October 1949.
October 1949.Main Agent Moon's Motors.
October 1949.
May 1950.
Reg No: KGG 496.
Reg No: JDD 610.
Reg No: OPE 277.
Reg No: GKU 861.
1950. Single-piece grill. Reg No: GKY 264.
1950. Two-piece grill. Reg No: LXU 480.
Reg No: RSJ 921.
Reg No: RPF 399.
Reg No: RKE 410.
Reg No: YG 5482
1951. Reg No: LXU 480.
1951. Reg No: DJL 931.
1951. Reg No: DJL 931.
1951. Reg No: DJL 931.
1951. Reg No: DJL 931.
1952. Reg No: NPX 802.
1952. Reg No: DCB 246.
Reg No: HBD 600.
Reg No: UVX 581.
1954. Reg No: CCW 671.
Jowett Javelin on display at the Bradford Industrial Museum.
Jowett Javelin on display at the Bradford Industrial Museum.

Note: This is a sub-section of Jowett.

  • 1947-53. 1,486cc engine.


The design of the Jowett Javelin Saloon represents one of the first post-war efforts to produce a new look in British motor engineering and the 1950 version of this model, with evolutionary developments, is a leader in its class. The only pre-war Jowett feature retained is the use of opposing cylinders.

The Javelin body is a single unit built integrally with the chassis — a system of construction having great strength.

At first sight the rear seats of the Javelin appear to be somewhat lacking in headroom, but this is an optical illusion created by the aerodynamic contour of the body as it is swept down to the tail.

ENGINE. Type: 1.5-litre. Cylinders: 4. Bore X Stroke: 72.5 mm. X 90 mm. Compression ratio: 7.2 to 1. Maximum b.h.p.: 50 at 4,100 r.p.m. Rating 13.05 h.p.

PERFORMANCE. Maximum speed: 78 m.p.h. Fuel consumption: 29 to 33 m.p.g.

DIMENSIONS. Length: 14 ft. Height: 5 ft. Width: 5 ft. 1 in. Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6 ins. Track: 4 ft. 3 ins. (front); 4 ft. 1 in. (rear). Weight (dry): 2,240 lbs. Fuel capacity: 8 gallons. Tyre size: 5.25 X 16.

BRAKES. Girling Hydro-mechanical.

PRICE. £595 plus £166.0.7 Purchase Tax. Total: £761.0.7.

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