Jowett 7 hp 1919 to 1926. 7/17 1926 to 1930.
When car production was resumed at the Jowett factory after the war, it was with the
“8”, with about one hundred and fifty examples produced before the
company was reorganised as Jowett Cars Ltd, moving to Springfield
Works, Bradford Road, Idle, Bradford in 1920.
In 1921the 7 hp model fitted with a 907 cc version of the
horizontally opposed twin cylinder engine was first produced. The
chassis less body initially cost £180, but by 1925 when this
model was replaced, after producing approximately six thousand of this
model. The price of a complete two seat touring car was down to
The 7/17 model with the same engine with an output of 16.5 bhp was in
production from 1926 to 1930. In 1930 the chassis price was down to
£111, and a four seat saloon could be purchased for
£158. About eleven thousand one hundred examples of the various
7/17 models were produced. Developed version’s of this engine were used by Jowett in many models until 1952.
The following is a quote from "The Vintage Motor car", reflecting the snobbery in the Vintage movement in the 1950's. The
basic Jowett design, which was to have such an unparalleled production
run, was simple enough. The car was of unattractive appearance and
slightly crude finish, but made up for this by the refinement of the
well balanced engine, which was also a model of reliability. Indeed, it
was claimed in 1926 that every Jowett made was still in service. As
might have been expected from its somewhat provincial background, the
steering and brakes were not of the best, and there is little to appeal
to the connoisseur in these cars, which were, after all, of a strictly