Re: Rattletrap

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Posted by Don Owings on August 04, 2004 at 13:25:28 from user deac.

In Reply to: Rattletrap posted by JimHadfield on August 02, 2004 at 20:27:41:

Rattletrap a Trojan?
Hardyment implies this with “the bone-shaking Trojan”. But her earlier quote: “the back of Trojan (Ransome’s huge car and probably the original Rattletrap)” might indicate that “Trojan” was a pet name, not a make.
The only illustration of Rattletrap I recall is the one at the end of chapter XXVI in PM. And that, to me looks like a bullnose Morris, say a 1924 Oxford.
The Trojan was scarcely huge having a wheelbase of 8’ and a track of 4’. Bone-shaking perhaps with its solid tyres. Other noticeable characteristics were its flat radiator, disk wheels and, until late in its life, a two door body.
The Bullnose Morris - Lytton P. Jarman & Robin Barraclough and The Trojan Utility Car - Anthony Bird.

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