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A Jowett Jupiter racing car is up for auction in England.

A Jowett Jupiter racing car, similar to the model that won the 1950 Le Mans 24-Hour race, is up for auction in England.

The Jowett Jupiter was a successful British race and touring car produced by Jowett Cars near Bradford. It is expected to sell for up to £42000 (about R685000) at the H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on March 21.

Jupiter racing cars scored competition achievements with a record-breaking class win in Le Mans in 1950, and successes in the 1951 Monte Carlo International Rally, 1951 Lisbon International Rally and a gruelling four-hour sports car race on the public road circuit at Dundrod in Northern Ireland in September 1951.

Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics, says: “The Jowett Jupiter is a classy piece of British car racing history.”

A Jupiter tested in 1951 by the British magazine The Motor had a top speed of 86.1mp/* (138km/* ) and could accelerate from 0-60mp/* in 18.0 seconds.

The Jowett Jupiter being sold by H&H was a 1951 Monte Carlo rally entrant, but was scratched from racing and was in storage from 1969 until 2015.

It has undergone a full comprehensive, correctly detailed, and photographed restoration to the very highest standard.

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