Frank de Pinna has decided to sell his 1953 Jupiter E3SA925R, which is a very late build Mk1 example of the standard bodied Jupiter.
It was shipped from JCL in June 1953 to a London agent, and later privately imported into Australia in 1971. Purchased by Frank in 1979,
JCCA records show that it is fitted with engine RO14844, which is a Reconditioned engine with an Oval web crankshaft supplied by Jowett Engineering for Javelins
after the factory had closed. Frank’s Jupiter has been off the road for at least ten years, and requires a full restoration,
although the engine was coaxed into life a few weeks ago. Interestingly, at some stage in its dim dark past, it was modified to incorporate a dickie seat,
but this modification was subsequently reversed. (The historical photo below of Frank in E3SA925R is courtesy of Mike Allfrey) The Jupiter is located at Frank’s home in Brighton VIC for inspections, and is not registered or roadworthy, and so it is not able to be driven.
It comes with various spare parts, including a PD Javelin engine which was rebuilt many decades ago, but never fitted to the car.
Bill and I purchased this lovely little vehicle in 2006 from Western Australia. Tony George of WA had restored the chassis in 1993.
In 2011 Bill and I commissioned further restoration, with new Mercedes Fabric hood, side curtains, rear weather cover over the dickie seat made,
and spare wheel cover made.
In 2014 the body underwent a complete rebuild – a new timber frame was constructed from Jarrah hardwood, the body was chemically dipped and re-sprayed, a new wiring harness was fitted, and five new tyres were purchased. The vehicle has always been garaged.
The Flying Fox has a CB Bradford engine – engine number D9CB23583. The original Pre-War engine comes with the vehicle. The Flying Fox was registered up to September 2021, when I reluctantly de-registered it.
This little Jowett has travelled to Jowett Rallies across Australia, including Western Australia in 2010, South Australia in 2012, and the Bay to Birdwood Run (SA) in 2014. The Flying Fox never missed a beat. The total production run for the Flying Fox was only 187. It runs well, and is in good condition The Flying Fox is garaged at Londonderry, NSW.
1951 Duckett Jupiter owned since 2002, I am the second owner after Lyndon Duckett who had the genuine Jowett factory chassis
built into a sports/racing car to his specifications
The car has successfully competed on the historic circuits in NSW over the ensuing 16 years until I retired from competition in 2017. Fitted with a 1680 cc Jowett engine, oversized valves, high compression heads, a lightened flywheel, a Bond Roll bar, 3-point harness and tonneau, the 14-cwt car has plenty of torque.
It comes with three sets of wheels. One set on 15” ¼” steel centred with Toyo 185/65 Radial tyres, one 16” set with widened rims fitted with Pirelli Cinturato tyres and one set of standard Jupiter wheels fitted with original 5.50 x 16 Olympic cross plies.
Its engine no. is E1SA69R and there is also available a complete (matching numbers) spare engine and gearbox the latter brand new never used.
A galvanised two-wheeled custom-built, to suit the Duckett, lightweight trailer with electric brakes and fitted with ramps is also provided making the all up towing weight exactly one ton.