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The Leyland 2 - tonner

“This rare Leyland 2 – ton lorry is part of a private collection in Dungannon, Northern Ireland. I have to tell you that, despite the badge on the front, this lorry was built, not by Leyland in Leyland, but by Standard – Triumph in Coventry.  The only thing Leyland about it is the badge! How did the only true Commercial vehicle built by S-T come about? Phil Homer, Historian of the Standard Motor Club brings you the fascinating story:

2680 SZ has lived all its life in Northern Ireland. I had the pleasure of viewing and photographing the lorry and indeed to ride in it. It’s owner, Trevor Haydock is a Committee member and Events Secretary of the very active Ulster Vintage Commercial Vehicle Club.

Trevor’s flat-bedded truck was sold as a chassis/cab, new by Charles Hurst and Co. in Belfast and bodied by James Hartness and Son in the same city. For many years it was used by the firm of Gambles of Rathfriland, to deliver goods to and, on return journeys, to collect produce from local farmers. For the majority of its life it had a dedicated sole driver. He eventually bought it from his employers, so he must have liked it! Unfortunately the truck was subsequently left in a field, where it remained for many years, eventually becoming almost derelict. It was at this point that Trevor got interested in what was already a rare vehicle and started to pursue the owner, with a view to taking it into preservation and restoration. “

This feature goes on to describe how the 2-ton lorry was developed and built in Tile Hill, Coventry. The 5 full-colour pages include catalogue and advertisements for the lorry, period photography and photos of Trevor’s surviving example. It appears in the current edition of “Triumph World” dated Feb/March 2019 and published in the last week of December - and available nationally from all good newsagents, or subscriptions are available to purchase online from

Phil Homer


Standard Motor Club