Few vehicles at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will embody the ‘Built to Last’ theme quite like this one, and if visitors head to the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum stand, they will be able to enjoy a very special British classic.
On the stand in Hall 1 of Birmingham’s NEC, held from 9-11 November, will be a 1928 Trojan Achilles Saloon, the only one in the world still running and a car that has been in the ownership of the same family since 1929. On Friday 9 November, the current owner - Carl Tantum - will formally hand the car over to the Museum where he says it will be able to “retire with honour.”
The story of ownership is a fascinating one that anyone interested in motoring history will enjoy. TK 1566 was bought in 1929 by Carl’s uncle - Captain Mortimer Houghton Tantum - from a vicar in Wimborne, Dorset. Having been taken ill with polio while fighting in France in WW1, Mortimer returned to London to recuperate and after opening a small school he needed transport.
Suffering disabilities as a result of his illness, the Trojan with its torquey four-cylinder engine and epicyclic transmission was perfect as gear changes could be made without using the clutch. It was also an easy car to get into and the steering wheel still shows the wear that occurred as Mortimer pulled himself into the driving seat. He would keep the car from 1929 to 1960.
Carl was given the car while in his twenties and it has been providing sturdy and reliable transport for the past 58 years. Never restored and described as being in ‘oily rag’ condition, the Trojan has just needed occasional cosmetic repairs and general maintenance. In fact, the engine was last overhauled around 30 years ago by Phil Potter of the Trojan Owners Club.
The owner is proud to be able to donate the car to the popular museum based in Calne, Wiltshire and this year’s show is a fantastic opportunity to admire a car that truly was ‘built to last’, not to mention one with such a charming history.
Trojan was founded by talented engineer, Leslie Hayward Hounsfield, and began in a small workshop in Clapham, south London. To advertise his Trojan Utility Car he adopted the slogan ‘Can you afford to walk?’ estimating that covering 200 miles would cost more in shoes and socks than if using his car.
See this epic classic in Hall 1 of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com