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Jowett Javelin (1947 - 1953)

Most early post-war British cars were dreary "warmed-up" leftovers from 1939, many hastily re-entering production to earn their makers urgently needed foreign currency. One exception was the Jowett Javelin, first shown by the Bradford based company in 1947.

The Javelin combined modern aerodynamic styling, torsion-bar suspension and rack and pinion steering, making it a good car to drive, almost in the "sports saloon" class. Hydraulic brakes arrived in 1952 and the car continued to sell well throughout the world. Production continued until 1953.

Wheelbase 2590 mm 102 in  
Length 4267 mm 168 in  
Width 1549 mm 61 in  
Kerb weight 1003 kg 2211 lb  
Type S-4
8 valves total
2 valves per cylinder
Bore stroke 72.50mm 90.00mm
2.85 in 3.54 in
Bore/Stroke ratio 0.81
Displacement 1486 cc
(90.681 cu in)
Unitary capacity 371.5 cc/cylinder
Compression ratio 7.10:1
Fuel system 2 Ze carbs
Aspiration Normal
Max. output 50.7 PS (50.0 bhp) (37.3 kW)
@4100 rpm
Coolant Water
Specific output 33.6 bhp/litre
0.55 bhp/cu in
0-50mph (80 km/h) 13.40s
0-Quarter-mile 21.90s 
Top speed 124 km/h
Power-to-weight 49.85 bhp/ton
Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Suspension Front I.TB.
Rear LA.TB.
Brake ∅ F/R / mm
Transmission 4M
Drive RWD
Top gear ratio 1.00
Final drive ratio 4.87