Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jowett Javelin

Summer 1952

Major Denny: What’s the car?

Commander Martell: A Javelin. Made by Jowett.

Major Denny: Thought they only made those wheezy little Bradford vans.

Commander Martell: After the war, Gerald Palmer almost single-handedly, came up with this new design. Looks good, handles well, sprightly enough. Tows the boat.

Brilliant but flawed in some respects: overheating, breaking crankshafts, gearbox failures. See Richard BremnerCould have sold more than 22,000 but for lack of resources, lack of testing.

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