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Top class sporting credentials. A class win at the 1949 Monte Carlo rally. Followed by another class win at the 24 hrs race at Spa.

Streamlined, ahead of its time styling (1947 remember). Many other cars still had mudguards and running boards. Capable of 80 mph long before we had motorways. Tough, plenty of ground clearance, beefy chassis. Perfect for rallying. 1st UK curved windscreen too.

Seating for six. Compact boxer four. All-independent torsion bar suspension.

It had a bit of a reliability issue, and was rapidly overtaken by major manufacturers.....bit of a shame.
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All-independent torsion bar suspension.
Not quite - it had a rigid rear axle.

Designed by Gerald Palmer, who also designed, among others, the MG ZA Magnette.
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I've heard of it, never knew what it looked like

Which was a bonus, as it looks like a mish mash of many designs of many decades
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This is a car my late dad talked fondly of when I was a nipper. It was probably quite the thing in the late 40's or early 50's but it's pretty bland and unexceptional now. Looks like many old Renaults and the like. And TBH, getting a class win on the Monte wasn't as hard then as it became. The competition was weaker and they organised classes to get as many pots as possible.

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My dad was a big fan too. I like that they went their own way rather than following the trend of the time and fitting a wheezy sidevalve 4-pot. It's too quaint to be cool.

Didn't the priest drive one in Ballykissangel?
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To really appreciate the Javelin you need to look at it the context of what other British manufacturers were making at the time:

1947 British and European Car Spotters Guide

. . . and this from a small Yorkshire company whose only other product was the Bradford van!
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Just an old looking car.
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This reminds me of working on cars with my grandad back when I was in my teens. He was born in 1938 and started working in a garage at 14 which is right around the time these were still quite new. Every time we came across a problem I would wait for the "one time when I was working on a Jowett Javelin"... I think he had a fondness for them in the same way I do for Alfa Romeo now.
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1967 and a friend at Bradford Uni was doing Mechanical Engineering with a 6 month placement at Leyland. He had two cars in Bradford which needed moving to Leyland and I had insurance which covered me to drive other vehicles. Hence I got to drive the Javelin over the Pennines to Lancashire while he led the way in the Jag. I don't remember there were any horrors in the handling but there again my own set of wheels was a Herald Coupe (two tone white and mauve ).

As far as I recall the Jowett was considered an advanced car for it's period and the styling is reminiscent of the Triumph Standard my father had owned in the late 50's and up to 1963 so there must have been a familiar feel about it to a 19 year old.

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One of the other car manufacturers must have felt threatened by the Javelin as they bought Briggs , who supplied, Jowet so they could close them down. In 1953 Ford bought Briggs Motor Bodies and then sold the Doncaster factory, which made bodies for Javelins and Bradford vans, to International harvester..
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