Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Jowett Jupiter Rochdale

This is a car I photographed at the Northern Classic Car Show at G-Mex, Manchester, in August 1989.
I recorded it at the time as a 1955 Jowett Jupiter Rochdale, or in other words it's a Jowett Jupiter with a body made by Rochdale Motor Panels & Engineering, who at that time produced glass fibre bodies to fit a variety or cars - more usually Austin 7 or the Ford 10 and Popular. The car appears to have been displayed on the stand of the Rochdale Owners Club, but the brochure of the event doesn't show that club as having a stand that year. There was a stand for the Jowett Car Club Northern Section, but there's no mention in the brochure of this Rochdale-bodied car. Incidentally Jowett cars were made in Bradford, Yorkshire, and the Rochdale bodies were made (of course) in Rochdale, Lancashire, which is just over 20 miles away on the other side of the Pennines.

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