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1952 Rover Jet 1 Gas Turbine [P4]

1952 Rover Jet 1 [P4] in British Legends of Motorsport, Documentary, 1991

Class: Cars, Proto / Concept — Model origin: UK

1952 Rover Jet 1 Gas Turbine [P4]

Position 00:32:58 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2017-04-12 20:51

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[Image: 32-59jet1.jpg] [Image: 32-59jet1b.jpg]

Demo run at 1963 British GP. Didn't know you could drift "Aunty" Rovers, or is only the Turbine edition ...

rjluna2 US

2017-04-12 21:00

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Curiously, according to the DVLA record keeping database reportedly listed as:

DVLA wrote Registration number:
JET 1
Tax
Not taxed for on road use

MOT
No details held by DVLA

Vehicle details

Vehicle make: ROVER
Date of first registration: December 1948
Cylinder capacity (cc): 0 cc
CO₂ Emissions: Not available
Fuel type: PETROL
Export marker: No
Vehicle status: Tax not due
Vehicle colour: GREY
Vehicle type approval: Not available
Wheelplan: 2 AXLE RIGID BODY
Revenue weight: Not available


-- Last edit: 2017-04-12 21:00:21

dsl SX

2017-04-12 21:05

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Plate info uses wording often found for museum exhibits as it's on display at the London Science Museum.

rjluna2 US

2017-04-13 02:00

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Yeah, I can see that. But, the date of first registration is something else :think:

dsl SX

2017-04-13 02:33

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Originally built 1949, unveiled 1950 with older body (cyclops grille, early P4 front and rear wings),
[Image: 32-59jet1c.jpg] [Image: 32-59jet1d.jpg]

then updated body to match 1952 and later P4 revisions. It was an ongoing evolution/test mule for several years.
Alexander wrote Jet 1 had its first test-run on March 4 1950, using the T5 turbine engine installed in a P4 chassis and a specially made roadster body. In 1952 the front was modified (lost the cyclop lamp) and the T8 turbine was installed. With this it reached a turbine car speed record of 244.55 kph on June 26, 1952. The record run took place on a newly built motorway near Jabbeke in Belgium.


All our sightings are 1952+ stage, so presumably we've always entered it that way.

rjluna2 US

2017-04-13 13:44

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I see, dsl ;)

dsl SX

2019-02-21 01:49

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Just as an update on the plate info, the car was built at the start of 1950 and was the first ever gas turbine car in the world, but when Rover first tried to register it DVLA (or its ancestors) refused because it was paraffin fuelled, not petrol and that was not allowed. So the rules were amended. JET 1 was issued prematurely from a Rotherham series which did not start until March 1953, indicating that once the bureaucracy was aligned, DVLA were very helpful. However the December 1948 DVLA date is premature by just over a year.

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