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Trojan Vans

Dinky produced these vans with a range of different liverys.

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31a
Trojan 15cwt Van Esso
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Dinky 31a Trojan 15cwt Van Esso

The Dinky Trojan 15cwt Van Esso. Released in February 1951 at a price of 2/6. Renumbered 450 in March 1954. Last advertised in April 1957 at a price of 2/9 available in red finish. Dinky 31a in detail...

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31c
Trojan 15cwt Van 'Chivers'
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Dinky 31c Trojan 15cwt Van 'Chivers'

The Dinky Trojan 15cwt Van 'Chivers'. Third in the series of Trojan vans ('Esso', 1951; 'Dunlop', 1952) the 'Chivers' model, 31c was first advertised in the Meccano Magazine, during December 1953. The 3 3/8 inch long model of the popular Trojan 15cwt van had a proposed cost was 2/2, which was its price when launched in February 1954. In a relatively low-key launch, the Meccano Magazine included the Trojan 'Chivers' van in its Dinky Toys adverts throughout the autumn, although no price was given. In December 1954, when the van had been renumbered 452, the cost had risen to 2/6. The van's livery was in Ivy Green and carried a detailed advertisement for 'Chivers Jellies', a manufacturer of preserves, from Histon, Cambridgeshire. The model had Pea Green, ribbed hubs and smooth black tyres. Unusally, the drawing on the model's box was on its wider side. The model was deleted in 1957.

The Trojan 15cwt van was manufactured by The Trojan Motor Company, at their Purley Way factory, Croydon, between 1947 and 1961, when the firm ceased business and the plant was turned over to assembling Lambretta scooters and Heinkel bubble cars. Originally, this popular van was powered by a 2-stroke petrol engine, which was test-driven around Westerham and Woldingham, on the Kent-Surrey border. But, throughout the 1950s, the van was powered by a Perkins P3V diesel engine.

In 1873, farmer, Stephen Chivers, began making fruit jam and other preserves following the year's fruit glut. During 1889, he extended the product range by introducing 'Chivers Jellies'. Chivers and Sons Ltd, was sold to Schweppes and eventually, in 2004, to Premier Foods, who axed the Chivers brand in favour of their Hartley's jams and jellies.

Launched in February, 1954, the model was deleted in 1957. available in green finish. Dinky 31c in detail...

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31d
Trojan 15cwt van OXO
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Dinky 31d Trojan 15cwt van OXO

The Dinky Trojan 15cwt van OXO. In 1954 renumbered to 453. available in blue finish. Dinky 31d in detail...

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450
Trojan 15cwt Van Esso
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Dinky 450 Trojan 15cwt Van Esso

The Dinky Trojan 15cwt Van Esso. Released in February 1951 as No31a at a price of 2/6. Renumbered 450 in March 1954. Last advertised in April 1957 at a price of 2/9 available in red finish. Dinky 450 in detail...

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452
Trojan 15cwt Van 'Chivers'
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Dinky 452 Trojan 15cwt Van 'Chivers'

The Dinky Trojan 15cwt Van 'Chivers'. Was No31C. Shown in the Dec. 1954 Meccano magazine. available in green finish. Dinky 452 in detail...

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453
Trojan 15cwt van OXO
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Dinky 453 Trojan 15cwt van OXO

The Dinky Trojan 15cwt van OXO. Renumbered from 31d. available in blue finish. Dinky 453 in detail...

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Matchbox
47A
1 Ton Trojan Van Brooke Bond Tea
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Matchbox 47A 1 Ton Trojan Van Brooke Bond Tea

The Matchbox 1 Ton Trojan Van Brooke Bond Tea. available in red finish. Matchbox 47A in detail...