Lot 1915


1938 Trojan Victory 12cwt Van
Reg. no. EXK 621
Chassis no. 21338
Engine no. PH712
The story of Trojan is one of the most varied of any small British manufacturer; during their 60 or so years of activity, they built light lorries, bubble cars, miniature scooters, and a few racing cars, even including a Formula 1 car. This last vehicle was about as far removed as it is possible to get from the company’s most iconic product, the Utility car of the 1920s and 30s. With its unconventional design – the two-stroke, twin cylinder engine is under the floor – and basic specification, it was one of the cheapest cars on offer and sold well, famously backed up by an advertising campaign that enquired ‘can you afford to walk?’ In the early 1930s the company tried to modernise by developing the rear-engined six-cylinder streamlined Mastra saloon; this never got beyond the prototype phase and thereafter until the war commercial vehicles were given priority, many, like this one, sharing the same underpinnings that had made the Utility such a success. Trojan vans were a common sight around the country, their rugged dependability and go-anywhere nature meaning they usually arrived at their destination, if not always quickly!
This 1938 12cwt van is in very good condition; it was treated to an extensive restoration from 2005-2013 by no less than an expert than the chairman of the Trojan Owners Club. Since completion it has covered 3,000 miles, and its achievements include \'Best in Class\' on the 2014 Historic Commercial Vehicle Society London to Brighton run.

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