September 28, 1949 – A small car with a big name comes to market

British company Jowett Cars debuted their first and only sports car, the Jupiter, on this day in 1949 at the London Motor Show. The Jupiter was designed in just four months by Austrian engineer Dr. Robert Eberan von Eberhorst and Jowett’s own body stylist Reg Korner. Only about 900 Jupiters had been produced when production ended in 1954, which was enough to achieve great success in auto racing. The flat four, 1486 cc powered Jupiters would take a class wins at the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hour race and the 1951 Monte Carlo International Rally, an overall win in the 1951 Lisbon International Rally, and a class one-two win in the public road race at Dundrod in Northern Ireland in September 1951, just to name a few victories.

Cover image: A Jowett Jupiter, circa 1952. Photographed in Congleton, Cheshire. By Nabokov, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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