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Car hidden from Nazis in garden shed goes on display


A 1926 Trojan Tourer that was hidden from the Nazis during World War II has gone on display in a museum in the Channel Islands.

As the story goes, in 1940 the Nazis were seizing all private automobiles after invading the Channel Islands — located about 20 miles west of the northern tip of France in the English Channel — and shipping them back to continental Europe, reported Fox News.

Trojan was founded in 1922 by Leslie Hayward Hounsfield and was produced by Leyland Motors until 1928, when Trojan Ltd. moved production to its own facilities at Croydon

The Nazis had public records about which residents owned vehicles but, when they went to seize the Trojan Tourer from Helene Gacon, they left empty-handed. The recently widowed Gacon did not want to give up the vehicle and hid it in a garden shed near Les Nicolles.

She obviously did a good job, as the car remained there until the end of Nazi occupation in 1945. Gacon took the car to the Liberation Day parade held after the end of the war.

The car on display in the museum

Car appears very well preserved

“She was a very defiant woman who kept, at least, three crystal radio sets throughout the war to keep herself and her neighbors up to date on allied progress,” Fox News quoted Richard Heaume, the curator of the German Occupation Museum where the car is on display. He added that he knew Gacon personally before she died.

Gacon sold the car in 1958 to Owen Le Tissier. He kept it for one year before selling it to Michael Marshall, whose daughters still own the vehicle.
The car has not been in the public eye for three decades because it stopped running. Heaume hopes his mechanics can have it up and running in short order.

“The hope is to be able to get the Trojan running again in time for next year’s 75th Liberation Day celebrations and, mechanically, that shouldn’t be too difficult — the engine only has seven moving parts,” he said.

Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.


  1. Most likely the Nazis discovered the car, but wouldn’t be caught dead driving such a homely car, that resembles a cross between a hot tub, and a bread caddy.

  2. What a dreadful thing to say about a little car, no doubt it makes someone happy, Trojan was a great car and they made small trucks my mate had an ice cream business and used Trojan trucks, they always started, and you got noticed


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