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1962 Trojan 200

Dundalk Engineering in Ireland, formerly repairers of locomotives, had taken over production of the Kabine from Heinkel - a logical step as half of Heinkel production had already been going to the British Isles.

Plans and tooling were sent over, but motors continued to be supplied by Heinkel.
Production took place in Ireland from 1958 to 1962. This was the twilight of the microcar and the introduction of the MINI in 1959 would see major changes in the public's attitude towards their cars. Dundalk saw the writing on the wall and decided to sell.

Peter Agg, Lambretta distributor for Britain since 1950, had purchased the long-lived commercial vehicle firm of Trojan of Croydon in Surrey in 1959. He negotiated the deal for the manufacturing of the Heinkel-I by Trojan, while getting the supply of motors from Heinkel themselves. Essentially similar to the German Heinkel and Irish Heinkel-I, the Trojan was built with some British-sourced components such as Armstrong shocks, Wilmot-Breeden latches and Wipac or Miller lamps. Vent Windows were Plexiglas. A right-hand-drive version was built, but the door was still hinged on the left. Three AND Four wheel versions were made.

The car did actually sell quite well, despite its late arrival and plans were even made to expand the range with a commercial light delivery van, of which six or so were built.

As they had in Ireland, sales continued to decline for market reasons, but a few cars a week continued to come off the line until early 1965

Manufacturer: Trojan Cars Ltd., Croydon, Surrey, England

Model: 200 Type 603 Motor: Heinkel 4-stroke Body: Monocoque
Years Built: 1962-1965 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: None
No. Produced: n/a Displacement: 198 cc Suspension Front: Coil
No. Surviving: n/a Horsepower: 10 Suspension Rear: Coil
Length: 8' 10" Gearbox: 4 + rev Steering: Rack & Pinion
Width: 4' 6" Starter: Dynastart Brakes: Hydraulic
Weight: 603 lbs Electrics: 12 v 3 Wheels: 4.40 x 10"
Interior: 2 + 2 Ignition: Coil Top Speed: 55 mph

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