Jowett Motors

     Bradford Built Cars
 
 
 Jowett Motors
 
A sad loss to the city in 1954 when the Jowett motor manufacturing Plant at Idle closed down.
 Jowett built nearly 23,000 cars in the 1940s and 50s.
 
The standard Jowett saloon was a big favourite.and sold at £635. They also made a deluxe model that sold at
£735.
 
The sales pitch was that the de luxe would make 70 seem like 50.
It had a top speed of 80 mph.it was quite ahead of its time.
 
The best seller was infact the Bradford van. They sold twice as many vans than  Javelins.
its 9 hp engine sailed up the steep Bradford hills.
 
In 1949 The Jowett Javelin  won the Monte Carlo Rally.
 
Nevertheless in the early 50s it found itself in difficulties and had to close.
 
 
Jowett cars
Photo Phil Robinson2009
 
This smart collection of old Jowetts can be seen at the Bradford Industrial Museum.
 

 
Jowett javelin 1950s
Photo Phil Robinson
    
Bradford van
Photo Phil Robinson
 
 
 
 
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Also at the museum 
 
Alfred scott. 
A poineer Motorcycle manufacturer. in the 1920s.
 He helped pioneer the Kick start.
and machines driven by chains insted of belts.
His ideas was way ahead of there time.
In the war he adapted them to carry machine guns.
and did very well in the Isle of Man TT races.
 Sadly he died of pneumonia in 1943 age 49 after geting wet
 Pot- holing.
then driving back home from Malham in his own invention.
 "The Sociable"
a three wheeled open topped machine.  
pictured Below.
 
HIS GRAVE CAN BE SEEN IN UNDERCLIFFE CEMETERY
 
 
 Scotts grave
 
 
 
Photo Phil Robinson2009
The sociable, nicknamed "The Crab"  The first peopls car .
 
  Bradford Industrial Museum.
Today its a valuable collectors item
worth a 5 figure sum££
 
The Scott Owners Club still meet in Bradford Industrial Museum.
 
 
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 Did you know
 
Bradfords first car was an Arnold Benz ?
3.5 Hp
In this year cars were allowed to go over 4 mph
and no longer had to have a man with a red flag walking in front!
 

 
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