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30 June 2005
1924 TROJAN CHUMMY TOURER
Registration No. PU 1392
Chassis No. 1803
Engine No. Tba
Light blue with no interior
Engine: two cylinder, two stroke, 1,488cc; Gearbox: two speed epicyclic; Suspension: front and rear, cantilever leaf spring; Brakes: two wheel drum. Right hand drive
The Trojan Car Company first started manufacturing cars in 1922 with their extremely unconventional rear-engine designed 2-stroke car that appealed to a faithful market. First built at Leyland Motors of Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey. Trojan became independent in 1928 and the factory moved to Croydon where they carried on producing a cheap and slow motor car which still attracted buyers who did not require speed or aesthetics; the cars were legendary in their hill-climbing ability resulting from their low-speed pulling power. In 1935 Trojan exhibited their last car, the Mastra, still with a 2-stroke engine, but it failed to go into production.
This example is thought to date from 1924, on the basis of a log book retained with it. The log book states that the car was purchased by the Sharpe family from the Vintage Car Division of the Trojan company in 1974, which within the last decade had revived their motoring interests by acquiring the licence to produce a Heinkel bubble car in the UK.
The car is basically an abandoned restoration project having been stripped and then painted in primer, but it does appear to be predominantly complete and should require straightforward work to return it to the road and/or hillclimb events.
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