A few pictures of my recently acquired (already restored) Jewett Tourer.
Acquired from the estate of George Eden. It was clearly a pride and joy, although George had many veteran cars that he spent more time with. It had spent time in a museum in Darling Harbour (near the Sydney Harbour Bridge). It's unclear when exactly it arrived in Australia but is a Right Hand Drive so it was probably assembled here as a new vehicle. I believe it was restored on the Central Coast of New South Wales (Gosford area) in the 1990's and was actually in reasonable condition prior to restoration.
It is largely original except the colour scheme is not a Jewett standard and it has indicators and an apparently aftermarket wiper.
Now I'm learning about vintage cars! Retirement will be easy they said ...
Many early car dealers came from the ranks of men involved in the horse related trades such as carriage sales, livery stable operators and blacksmiths. These merchants and tradesmen often engaged in automobile sales and services as sidelines and eventually turned their operations into full scale auto sales and service businesses. Many of the early dealerships also served as a gas station and garage. The materials used on the fronts of the early buildings were usually wood lap, vertical board and batten or metal siding. Later buildings were more of a masonry type construction.
My build is basically a 40X40X12 ft pole barn with a lap siding and corrugated metal stepped false front that was typical on 1920-30's era car dealership/service garages. There will also be a 12 x 20 metal clad interior wall welding shed on the back. The building will be used to house and work on my collection of '54's, the '38 and the '79 wagon. You can read my build story at