THE LEYLAND CONNECTION
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.