Wednesday 11 January 2017


Our Classic Vehicle Dealer Today

DD Classics
97 - 101 North Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4HJ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8878 3355    Mobile:  +44 (0)7850 888880

Year: 1952
Colour: MidnightBlue
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
Engine Size: 1.200cc

1952 TROJAN 15 Cwt VAN (RHD)

  • Lovingly restored in 1991 by its previous owner
  • Incredible history file, including photographic documentation of the restoration
  • Original registration book, instruction book and service manual

This fantastic Leslie post-war Trojan van was manufactured in 1952 at the Trojan works at Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey. It was purchased new by a dress shop in Nuneaton Warwickshire and was used for warehouse collections a number of years before being laid up and eventually stored. It was then purchased for restoration by a Mr. Roberts of Leicestershire who stripped , cleaned and rebuilt the engine. However, due to unfortunate family problems he was unable to continue with his restoration, although he did mount the engine on a frame and display it running at a number of stationary engine and commercial vehicle rallies, including at the Leyland Museum.

Our van was then purchased in 1991 by Tony Stephens on the understanding that it would be restored and Mr. Roberts would be given the opportunity to see and drive it. Once purchased the vehicle was completely dismantled to the bare chassis frame, this was shot blasted clean and painted. All of the body panels were removed from the wooden fame and the frame was repaired or replaced from the waist down. It was found that during the design stage full consideration would be given to the elimination of waste, for example the main body side panels were fabricated from standard 8 x 4 steel sheets. Four new wings were manufactured by Vintage Wings of Stockport and the hydraulic brake system was completely replaced.

The restoration was completed by late 1993 and the vehicle has proved to be a reliable, albiet slow method of transportation since then! What makes the Trojan so interesting is its engine, the light-utility vehicle had a horizontal two-stroke engine which had six cylinders but only two spark plugs, Mr. Stephens is quoted in the Evening Mail as saying, “When I take the van to heritage shows and classic car competitions to show people the engine, it often leaves them scratching their heads, its the uniqueness that I love. Mechanically minded people are simply fascinated by it.”Supplied with an incredible history file which includes photographic documentation of the restoration, newspaper articles, the original registration document, instruction book and owners manual.Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call 0208 878 3355 for more information.


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