The Jowett Javelin was produced from 1947 to 1953. The model went through five variants coded PA to PE, each having a standard and “de luxe” option. The car was designed by Gerald Palmer during World War II and was intended to be a major leap forward from the relatively staid designs of pre-war Jowetts. Just over 23,000 units were produced.
The Javelin was fitted with a 1486 cc water cooled flat four overhead valve engine. It had an aluminium block and wet cylinder liners developing 50 bhp (37 kW) at 4100 rpm (52.5 bhp in the case of the PE). The car had a maximum speed of 77 mph (124 km/h) and a 0-50 mph (80 km/h) time of 13.4 seconds. Giving rise to the advertising slogan “take a look as it passes you”
The PA (1951) and PB (1952) versions were fitted with two Zenith carburettors The radiator was behind the engine and a four-speed gearbox with column change was used.
Early cars had gearboxes made by the Henry Meadows company. Later, Jowett made the gearboxes, but the decision to make the gearboxes in-house proved to be a costly mistake. Even though Jowett had some experience in transmission manufacturing, the project went disastrously wrong. Bodies without power trains stacked up in the assembly line because of problems in gearbox production.
1949 – class win Monte Carlo Rally
1949 – 2-litre touring-car class win at the Spa 24-hour
1952 – class win International RAC Rally
1953 – outright win International Tulip Rally