Lot 232 - 1952 Jowett Jupiter
|Odometer reading||3,708 miles|
|Estimate||£21,000 - £26,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
The Jowett Jupiter was produced in Idle, near Bradford, West Yorkshire. The car was launched at the London Motor Show in October 1949; continuing in production until 1954. An initial 75 chassis were supplied to external coachbuilders such as Stabilimenti Farina, Ghia, Abbott of Farnham and others in the UK. The high cost of these bodies, for what was only a 1500cc car, obliged Jowett to build their own complete cars. The Jowett factory made 731 Mk. I and 94 Mk Ia cars. The Mk. Ia came out in late 1952 with a little more power (63 bhp) and an opening lid to a boot of larger capacity. The Jupiter achieved competition success with a record-breaking class win at the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hour race, a class 1-2 in the 1951 Monte Carlo International Rally, an outright win in the 1951 Lisbon International Rally and a class 1-2 in a gruelling four hour sports car race on the public road circuit at Dundrod, Northern Ireland in September 1951. This was a resurrection of the famous Ulster Tourist Trophy Race of 1928-1936 previously run on the 13.7 mile Ards circuit. Le Mans was again class-won in 1951 and 1952, and lesser events were taken in 1952 but by 1953 newer, faster cars were proving a match for the Jupiter which was, after all, a well-appointed touring car first and foremost.
This stunning 1952 Jowett Jupiter was purchased by the vendor three years ago from Martyn King who played football for Colchester United as a striker from 1959 to 1965, chalking up the club's record of most goals; 130 and six hat-tricks. Martyn King owned this Jupiter for about thirteen years, regularly taking the car on rallies and in the late 2000's he had a body-off restoration carried out which was completed in 2009 during which, he had the dash board replaced and a rally meter fitted. More recently, the current owner has carried out further restoration and improvements; these include renewing and realigning the off-side torsion bar, fitting new Monroe shock absorbers to the front suspension, replacing the rear wheel cylinders, repairing the hand brake, having the carburetors overhauled, fitting a new fuel pump and petrol flow regulator, having all the instruments sent to a specialists for cleaning, repair and re-calibration, having the dashboard and door capping coated with a burr walnut finish, relocating the horn switch and the semaphore indicator switch from under the dash board and repairing the driver's door window mechanism. This Jowett Jupiter is finished in primrose yellow with biscuit leather seats and comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an certificate issued by a MoT test center dated 25th April 2013, a buff log book, a file containing the photographs of the body-off restoration, handbooks and parts manuals. This Jupiter has been prepared for rallying in and around Europe and would not need much more work to prepare it for the intercontinental rallies; but just the removal of the anti-roll bar gives the car nice clean lines to make it ideal for cruising around on a nice summer evening. It is very rare that one of these cars ever comes to the market and even rarer to have the opportunity to purchase one so well prepared.