|1949 Jowett Javelin at Beaulieu|
by Kate Tompkins
1949 Jowett Javelin
A check on Wikipedia shows the Javelin was only available as a saloon and, at 14 feet long, definitely doesn’t fall into the “sporty” category—the Jowett Jupiter on the other hand…. Appearances can be deceptive however, because the Javelin’s four-cylinder engine was capable of driving the car at 76 mph. More surprising still, it did well in rallies, picking up a first in class in the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally, and another at the 1952 International RAC Rally.
It was only built from 1947 to 1953, and only 23,000 or so were produced, making it a relatively rare car. The North American JowettRegister only knows of five or possibly six in North America and three of those are in Canada.
While the Javelin looks old-fashioned now, it was considered quite modern at the time.