The Jewett was an automobile built in Detroit, Michigan by the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company from March 1922 through December 1926. The Jewett was named after Harry M. Jewett, president of Paige-Detroit.
After the first 17 months of production, approx. 40,000 vehicles were sold. The car was marketed as a Jewett 'Six' — a companion to the Paige, the primary product of Paige-Detroit. The 1922-24 cars had a 50 h.p. Jewett motor, the 1925 cars had a 55 h.p. Jewett motor and the 1926 cars had a 40 h.p. Continental motor. For several years, Jewett's cars featured a powerful straight-six engine that could climb mountains. The last of the vehicles were available with hydraulic brakes.
The company was purchased by the Graham Brothers on January 3, 1927 and the Jewett became a Paige, for that year only. The car was then rebranded as a Graham-Paige for 1928 only.
Jewett Dash Plates
Embedded in the dashboard of every Jewett was an amulet, visible on the passenger side as a dashplate. Harry's wife Mary was something of a spiritualist, and these amulets were purported to have mystical power that protected the occupants. Henry Jewett's estate, once a great plantation, has all but vanished. The ruins near Rose City in Northern Lower Michigan are still visible. Discussions about restoring parts of the estate as a historical park have not yet borne fruit.
- Jewett 'Six' Registry, www.jewettsix.com
- Georgano, G.N. (1968). The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars, 1885 to Present. New York, Dutton.
- Also see Notre Dame Athletic History of Harry M. Jewett