A CAR club and a local museum have teamed up to restore a piece of Bradford automotive history.

Bradford Museums and Galleries will be working with the Jowett Car Club on a project to conserve and restore a Jowett 10, which is owned by the council’s museums service and may be the only surviving car of its kind.

They are now appealing for donations to restore the 80 year old motor, now in a dilapidated state, to its former glory.

The Jowett Car Club was formed in 1923 and is the world’s oldest one make car club.

The car is question was made in 1938 is one of only 1,881 of this model that were made at the Bradford factory.

However, the Jowett Club believe this model may be the only surviving 1938 model.

It was donated to the Bradford Industrial Museum in a poor condition and the aim is to conserve the distinctive vehicle so that it can be put on permanent display in the transport gallery of the Museum, based in Moorside Mills, Eccleshill.

The gallery includes a number of other vintage Bradford vehicles, including trolley busses.

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The project is looking for donations to help with the restoration of this piece of Bradford history - it needs to raise money to help renovate larger elements including door panels, wheel arches as well as smaller items such as door handles.

The car only had one owner from new, who used it to tour around Europe and it clocked up over 151,000 miles between 1938 and 1964.

Jowett 10 cars were produced between 1936 and 1940 by Jowett Cars Ltd of Bradford.

The company was established by the Jowett brothers, in Bradford, in 1906. They manufactured family cars, sports cars and vans until the company ceased operating in 1955.

The Jowett 10 being restored was on show as part of a ‘Barn Find’ display at the Classic Car Restoration Show at Birmingham NEC this year. The plan is for the car to return to the show for the next two years to highlight the progress of the project.

It will be on display at the Bradford Industrial Museum throughout the project for people to see the progress of its restoration.

A project donation box can be found near the car in the transport gallery.

People can keep up to date with the project and also make a donation online by visiting www.bradfordmuseums.org and searching for Jowett.

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said: “We have wanted to restore this car for sometime and we are delighted that we’ve had this opportunity to work with the Jowett Car Club on this project on this amazing piece of Bradford’s automotive history.”

Paul Beaumont Chairman of the Jowett Car Club, said: “Jowett built their first 4-cylinder car in 1936.

“The 4-cylinder engine is nothing like the later engine that powered the post war Javelin and Jupiter.

“Pre-war 4 cylinder cars were never built in volume and survival rates are quite small.

“A number of 1937 models exist, but the Bradford Industrial Museum car may be the sole survivor of the 1938 model.

“The Jowett Car Club is delighted to have been asked by the Industrial Museum to assist in re-commissioning this, historically important vehicle so that it will enhance the display in the transport gallery.”