1953 Jowett Jupiter



Year 1953
Make Jowett
Model Jupiter
Transmission Manual
Exterior colour Green
Interior colour Red leather


We have been asked to market this lovely 1953 Jowett Jupiter on behalf of a client who is located in Norfolk which is where the car is currently kept. He has been the custodian of this car for the last seven years during which time it has been carefully maintained and preserved. It is an older restoration but still presents very well indeed with the odd paintwork blemish whilst the interior is also in excellent condition. The car has a factory reconditioned engine which is not uncommon for cars of this era. The engine starts on the button and runs cleanly and the car moves through its gears without issue. To demonstrate how mechanically fit the car is it was put through an MOT in March which it has passed without any advisories. It goes without saying that these are rare cars which rarely come to market and this one is the sole example currently available for sale so do act quick if you are seeking open top motoring for the coming summer.

The owner has provided us with some notes on the car which we have pasted below. If you would like to view this car which we highly recommend, it is based in Norfolk and we will put you in direct contact with the owner to arrange this.

"We have owned our Jowett Jupiter for 7 Years. A body off restoration had taken place before we owned it, clearly with the target of maintaining originality wherever possible. She rides on Avon H.M.Tourist, cross-ply tyres. The chassis remains in a lovely, black painted condition. It was fitted with a factory reconditioned engine and we understand that these engines were built to the improved specification of the later models which is very advantageous. Having decoked it and examined the bores which show no wear, we are under the impression that the engine has not yet reached the stage where it is fully “run-in”. The car has a steel chassis and bulkhead, door frames, etc., and is panelled in aluminium.

Owing to personal circumstances, followed by the pandemic, we have not been able to use the car as much as we would have liked to and the time has come to find it a new owner. We did successfully complete the Jowett Great North Road rally in 2019, but since then usage has been minimal.

The car is painted in a lovely version of British Racing Green which we believe is the most suitable colour for the car. Yes, it does have very few minor blemishes which were present when we bought it, but they remain as they were then. As it is a non-metallic finish they could easily be removed. However, we buy our cars with the intention of driving enjoyment, having no interest in concours shows etc., and so have generally left the paintwork as is. We have many friends who own concours cars and other than trailering them to shows, are afraid to use them.

Over the years we have resisted making alterations to the car, but we did discover that many Jupiters have been fitted with the smaller choke and jet size Zenith carburettors from the Javelin, owners having found that proper Jupiter units are no longer available. Naturally, this reduces the performance of the cars. Consequently, we commissioned a carburettor reconditioning company to build us a pair of carburettors to the correct Jupiter specification. Fitted with these the car has significantly better performance.

The seat was recovered in red leather when the car was restored and a new, high quality, hood was fitted. When lowered the hood drops into the area behind the seat and gives a very pleasing look to the car when the hood is down.

Of all the classic cars that we have owned, this one probably receives the most attention when it is out on the road. We will never forget the time when we sat 3 abreast with our grandson and a Porsche pulled alongside us as we drove down a dual carriageway. They hooted, shouted, and waved with their enjoyment at seeing this rare car.

The shape of the car is very interesting. It seems to spark a feeling of pleasure in people that see it for the first time. The front profile is somewhat powerfully shaped, with parts of the boxer engine visible through the grill. Then the rear of the car which gracefully curves downward provides an exciting contrast. Photographs of the car taken from the side are very interesting. It presents an unusual version of car design and along with cars like the Jaguar XK120 must represent a point of transition from the standard British box cars of the 1930s.

The car has a new MOT with no advisories. The history file contains photographs of the restoration and important technical notes, etc.


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