Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Tro­jan cars were born when Ed­war­dian en­gi­neer, Les­lie Hounsfield, saw the mar­ket for an eco­nom­i­cal, easy to drive and sim­ple ve­hi­cle; the first Tro­jan pro­to­type ap­peared in 1913, though World War I meant that cars ready for sale were only shown at the 1922 Mo­tor Show. Tro­jans had many dis­tinc­tive fea­tures, from a twostroke engine with four cylin­ders ar­ranged in pairs to the engine and trans­mis­sion be­ing mounted be­low the seats. The Tro­jan Util­ity cost £230 at launch, but this was re­duced to £125 in 1935.

The agree­ment with Ley­land ended in 1928, af­ter 11,000 cars and 6700 vans had been made.

Les­lie Hounsfield took back pro­duc­tion in a fac­tory at Croy­don, with Ley­land sup­ply­ing some parts. The last Tro­jan car was made in 1937 though the firm went on to make vans and (from 1960-1965) Heinkel bub­ble cars un­der li­cence.

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