Jewett (automobile)

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1922 Jewett 18-22 Five Passenger Touring Car
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1925 Jewett Boat Tail

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Jewett Family".