1938 Trojan ‘Victory’ 12 cwt van


Designed by Leslie Hounsfield, the Trojan first came into being as early as 1913. Following extensive testing and the intervention of the Great War, Leyland Motors signed a contract to build Trojans under licence from 1922 at their factory in Kingston

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Unconventional, but remarkably simple and sturdy, the Trojan was available initially available as a 'Utility' Tourer.  A 5 cwt van was also to be available using the same 'punt' design chassis and a saloon, known as the 'Apollo' with fabric bodywork was also to join the range. 

A 12cwt 'Victory' van was to be introduced a little later and these vans were to become a very familiar sight on British roads, going uncomplainingly about their work.

Early models were fitted with solid tyres, but this was not to prove a disadvantage, as the Trojan 'Wonder Springs' gave a remarkably good ride.

The underfloor horizontal two stroke engine was four cylinder unit of 1.5 litre capacity and had just seven moving parts. Transmission was via a two speed epicyclic gearbox, a reduction box and duplex chain.

Reliability, economy and simplicity were the key selling points of the Trojan and their slogan was 'Can you afford to walk?' as the running costs were so low.

Offered here is an exceptionally well restored example of one of the final 'Victory' 12 cwt vans dating from 1938. One of the last of the chain driven 2 stroke vans, it is  fitted with the more powerful 'PH' engine and is finished in the livery of its original owners, the grocery chain, Cullens. in fine all - round order, it has participated in several Historic Commercial Club rallies. The Trojan Owners' Club offers good support and spares for survivors.

For more information and to arrange an appointment to view please call me on 01420-474919 or 07710-364945