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The Jowett Jupiter - The car that leaped to fame – New edition

The Jowett Jupiter - The car that leaped to fame – New edition
Brand new edition of the definitive Jowett Jupiter book!

By Edmund Nankivell
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25x25cm • 224 pages • 226 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845849-12-2

£ 50.00 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• The only book to cover the full Jupiter history, from inception to the present day
• This new edition includes brand new material and updated information
• Includes a full chronology of the Jupiter
• Examines the car’s design features, and the designers who created them
• Includes details and photos of coach-bodied Jupiters
• Reveals the many interesting and important activities indulged in by Jupiter owners over the decades
• Full competition results, including many not recorded in the previous edition
• Lists every Jupiter built, along with its current status, where known
• From the world authority on Jowett Jupiters, Edmund Nankivell
• No other book contains such rich detail on this historic model


The Jowett Jupiter was an instant success in racing and rallying from the moment it appeared in 1950. It's chassis, designed by the famous Austrian racing engineer Dr Eberan-Eberhorst, ensured its successes were in large measure due to its excellent handling, making it a much sought-after classic to this day.


From the Jupiter’s inception and development, to its sporting successes, and its current status as a sought-after classic, ‘Jowett Jupiter – the Car that Leaped to Fame’ is a unique book by Edmund Nankivell, the world authority on the Jupiter, and is a complete study of the model.
With its advanced chassis designed by Dr Eberan-Eberhorst, the noted Austrian engineer who was also responsible for designing the Auto Union Type D Grand Prix car, the Jowett Jupiter was an instant hit. Its responsive handling and lively engine made the Jupiter a great sporting success from the off, with a record-breaking win at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1950, and a class 1-2 win at the 1951 Monte Carlo International Rally.
This book covers the Jupiter’s success across the board, revealing the full chronology of the model, its racing derivatives, and the special-bodied Jupiters from the likes of Stabilimenti Farina and Abbott of Farnham. With chapters detailing Jupiters in current use, historic racing, and concours events, this new edition includes more images and updated information, and provides a comprehensive record of this fantastic, historic car.

Independent Reviews

This book by Edmund Nankivell, a marque expert, is the only one to cover the Jupiter story from its conception to the current day. This new edition adds brand new material and updated information. Nice.
Total Kit Car

… this excellent book contains every detailed Jupiter fact including just about every competition ever entered so that Jaguar’s ‘modest’ Le Mans and sales successes almost pale by comparison. So hoorah for Ed Nankivell and hoorah for the Jowett Jupiter. Heroism against the odds.
Big End / All Torque

If you love these underdog cars from Bradford, this book is for you!
Project Shop TV

…a wonderful textbook on a car we all remember but few really well…
Motor Cycling Club

Comprehensive and thoroughly researched.

This is fine book written by an expert on a very worthy automobile.
Veloce Today

The text has been extensively revised for this new edition, which celebrates a car whose diverse sporting achievements include class wins in both the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours and 1951 Monte Carlo Rally ... It’s an interesting tale.
Motor Sport

An interesting look at this curious and little-known car.
Auto Express

Classic & Sports Car

Additional Information

Covering the Jowett Jupiter story from 1950 to the present day, this new edition covers the same ground better, as well as much new ground. It’s motorsport success was partly due to its excellent design features, from Gerald Palmer, Dr Ing Robert Eberan-Eberhorst – the best racing car designer of the age – and ERA (English Racing Automobiles), who produced the prototypes with Eberan-Eberhorst.

About half of all Jupiters built survive to this day, many in very good condition, and with at least three in very competitive racing trim. This book details the interesting and important activities that Jupiter owners have indulged in over the decades since its inception. No other book gives anything like such detailed coverage of Jupiter usage past and present, even pointing to the future.

Includes rare photos of Jupiters in important sporting events; a chapter on the Jupiters built with coach-built bodies, rather than the standard coachwork; and a complete listing of all Jupiters built, with their current statuses, where known.


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