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The Luton-bodied truck, or Luton van, takes its name from the town in Bedfordshire. Luton was once the national centre for hat making and a certain Mr Barrett was a local haulier who transported much of the town’s famous products. The hats were mostly made from straw and other light materials and were transported in bulky hat boxes.

This meant that the milliners’ deliveries were limited by volume rather than weight, and the enterprising Mr Barrett could see how modifications could be made to a standard truck in order to carry more hats and make his business more profitable.

At this time (in the early 20th century) most trucks were ordered as chassis cabs, so it was a relatively simple matter of discussing the new body shape with the coach builders. The simple solution was to maximise space over payload capacity and this was achieved by making use of the previously ‘dead’ space above the cab.

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MAN TGL 7-150
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MAN TGL 7-150 POA
2009 | Lutons MAN TGL7 150, Fitted With Brand New JCPayne 24ft Dropwell Luton, Rear Barn Doors With Walk In Ramp, 7 Rows Of Tie Rail, Dual Passenger Seat, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, Ring For Full Specification And Or Amendments, Other Models Also Available. All Vehicles Tested At 7.5t GVW, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 30/09/2016
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MAN TGL 7-150
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MAN TGL 7-150 POA
2009 | Lutons MAN TGL 7.150. Fitted With Brandnew 24ft JC Payne Removal Body, Rear Dropwell, Luton, Rear Barn Doors, Tie Rails, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, 3 Man Cab, Automatic Gearbox, One Owner From New, MAN Maintained, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 31/12/2017
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MAN TGL 7 150
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MAN TGL 7 150 POA
2009 | Lutons MAN TGL7 150, Fitted With Brand New JC Payne 24ft Removal Body, Side Container Doors, Rear Barn Doors, Rear Dropwell, Luton, Tie Rails, Heavy Duty Aluminium Two Piece Ramp, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Low Miles, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 31/10/2017
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDi LWB Luton with Tail Lift
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDi LWB Luton with Tail Lift £15,150.00
2014 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Manchester branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.5T Luton with Tail Lift
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.5T Luton with Tail Lift £12,100.00
2014 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, CD player, Electric windows, Power steering, Tail Lift, Three Seats Located at our Slough branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2013 | Lutons Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi, Fitted With JC Payne Luton Body, Rear Shutter Door, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Bluetooth Handsfree, On-Board Computer, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Automatic Gearbox, One Owner From New, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 21/09/2018
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 16ft dropwell luton
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 16ft dropwell luton £20,995.00
2015 | Lutons | 3500kg Come and see us or buy over the phone with no obligation and get FREE DELIVERY to your door within UK mainland. Your payment fully refunded upon delivery if you are not happy for any reason whatsoever. Credit/debit cards accepted and finance welcome.Comprehensive peace of mind warranty with money back guarantee. Your old car or van taken in part exchange, anything considered with or without MOT.
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Ford Transit
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Ford Transit £10,495.00
2006 | Lutons | 3500kg Tail-lift
A M Phillip Trucktech Forfar
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI LWB Euro 6 Compliant 3.5T LUTON
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI LWB Euro 6 Compliant 3.5T LUTON £21,000.00
2016 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Ply lining, Power steering, Tail Lift, Three Seats Located at our Bristol branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T HIGH ROOF LUTON VAN
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T HIGH ROOF LUTON VAN £13,200.00
2015 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Bridlington branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
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The truck body was therefore extended over the cab roof and the new Luton truck was born. The design has hardly changed at all in the intervening century, and it is highly probable that the esteemed Mr Barrett would still recognise his truck design today.

The Luton truck has remained one of the most popular designs ever since its creation, and the reason for its popularity remains the same now as it was all those years ago in Luton. Quite simply, there are lots of distribution and delivery operations where weight will never be the limiting factor and space is instead at a premium. This makes the space-maximising qualities of the Luton truck a sure-fire winner. Lutons are still the truck of choice in many industries, including removals, where household contents do tend to be bulky rather than heavy.Mercdes Atego Luton truck

Because Lutons are so focused on the maximising of space, many versions include a dropwell to the rear of the truck body. This brings the cargo area down behind the rear wheels and eases access as well as creating even more space. The area above the cab is often referred to as the peak or kick. Obviously, this is most often used as an extra storage space, but it is sometimes also converted into a sleeping area. This is a good way for some operations to minimise the costs of overnight stays while still maintaining a decent load space.

It may seem that all box vans should be converted into Lutons, but the design does have certain drawbacks. Chief among these is the added wind resistance created by the flat front of the peak area. Modern box vans use the area above the cab to install wind deflectors but this is not possible on a flat-fronted Luton van. This means that the Luton-bodied truck can suffer in comparison when it comes to fuel economy. The larger profile can also make the Lutons more susceptible to cross winds, so care should be taken when driving in windy conditions, especially in an empty van. The Luton will also usually be more expensive to buy than the equivalent box van, so the increased purchase price and running costs should be taken into account when calculating the best truck for your needs.

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