I thought that for this go around of our Video of the Week (VotW) we would go for something that is almost unheard of these days – at least unheard of beyond the shores of the UK herself. So, let’s take a look back at the Jowett Javelin and the Humber Super Snipe.
While both of these marques and models would get you a bewildered look at the local DMV, and perhaps a talk about it being a serious place of business and not a source of pranks for your amusement, they were actually well known and fairly popular cars in their day.
To quote Wikipedia on the Javelin, “The Jowett Javelin is an executive car that was produced from 1947 to 1953 by Jowett Cars Ltd of Idle, near Bradford in England. The model went through five variants labeled PA to PE, each having a standard and “de luxe” option. The car was designed by Gerald Palmer during World War II and was intended to be a major leap forward from the relatively staid designs of pre-war Jowetts. Just over 23,000 units were produced.”
If you are interested in more about the Jowett, check out Jowett Javelin and Jupiter: The Complete Story by Geoff Mcauley.
In contrast to the Javelin’s relatively short run, the Humber Super Snipe was produced from 1938 to 1967 in various forms and designs. Starting in 1938 the Super Snipe originated in what might be thought of as typical form for that period. The design changed and morphed over time with the greatest change coming in 1958 with the introduction of the Series I model, this in contrast to the Mark I through IV of the past model. This new Series featured integrated fenders and unitized body and chassis.
For more information on the Humber Super Snipe, my recommendation is for you to pay a visit to the Humber Car Club where a wealth of information can be obtained.