Javelin De-Luxe

While the Jowett factory was busy with war work they secretly started to design the Javelin De-Luxe. So when hostilities ceased, Jowett had the first all new car, as opposed to their competitors, who only had revamped prewar motors.

This meant Jowett could proudly say of the Javelin…

“It’s new right through.” And… “Take a good look when it passes you.” “With all the speed of victory in its veins.”

Jowett could confidently make these claims because jowett Javelins had won the 1.5 litre class of 1949 Monte Carlo rally, and the 1949 Spa 24-hour race in Belgium, in which they beat many much larger cars.

The car was now an international success, and everybody wanted one.

Some important facts about the Jowett Javelin De-Luxe.

Production Period: The Jowett Javelin was produced from 1947 to 1953 by Jowett Cars Ltd of Idle, near Bradford in England.

Variants: There were five variants coded PA to PE, each had a standard and “de luxe” option.

Design and Designer: Gerald Palmer designed the Javelin during World War II. It was intended to be a big improvement on pre-war Jowett designs.

Public Appearance: The Javelin made its first public appearance in July 1946 but didn’t enter full production until November 1947.

Powertrain: It was powered by a flat four overhead valve engine of 1486 cc with a compression ratio of 7.2:1, producing 50 bhp (37 kW) at 4100 rpm. It had a maximum speed of 77 mph (124 km/h).

Transmission: Equipped with a four-speed gearbox with column change.

Design Features: Aerodynamic styling with faired headlights, a steeply sloped, curved windscreen, and a pressed steel body incorporating a box-section chassis.

Dimensions and Cost: The car had a wheelbase of 102 in (2,591 mm), weighed about 1 tonne, and was 14 ft (4.3 m) long. It was relatively expensive, costing £819 at launch.

Competitors: The Jaguar 1.5 was a direct competitor of the Javelin.

Performance: A deluxe version tested in 1953 had a top speed of 82.4 mph (132.6 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 20.9 seconds. It had a fuel consumption of 29.1 miles per imperial gallon.

Sporting Achievements: The Javelin had notable success in motorsport events, including winning its class at the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally and the 1953 International Tulip Rally outright. It also won the 2-litre touring-car class at the Spa 24-hour race in 1949.

Sadly, it didn’t work out.

Problems with crankshafts and gearboxes, lead buyers to see the Javelin as an expensive car with troubles. The crank shaft and gearbox problems were both solved, but not in time to save Jowett, who needed the Javelin to be profitable in-order to survive.

The Javelin ceased production in 1953 and Jowett Cars closed in 1954.

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