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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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Volkswagen Crafter  CR35 2.0TDI 109ps LUTON BODY WITH TAILIFT 1 Owner
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Volkswagen Crafter CR35 2.0TDI 109ps LUTON BODY WITH TAILIFT 1 Owner POA
2015 | Lutons We have owned and maintained this 2014 VW Crafter Luton since new as part of our extensive contract hire fleet. It is a Long Wheel Base Chassis with an Ingimex Luton body and Column tail lift .The van has a payload of 1000Kg. Low Rate Finance is available on Hire Purchase Finance Lease or Contract Hire.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI LWB 3.5t Luton Blue Efficiency
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI LWB 3.5t Luton Blue Efficiency £21,600.00
2016 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering, Tail Lift, Three Seats Located at our Cannock branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T LUTON
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI LWB 3.5T LUTON £13,100.00
2014 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bluetooth, Bulkhead, Cruise control, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Cardiff branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.5T Chassis Cab
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.5T Chassis Cab £14,700.00
2014 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, Bulkhead, Electric windows, Power steering, Three Seats Located at our Doncaster branch.
Van Monster Bridlington
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDi LWB Luton with Tail Lift
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDi LWB Luton with Tail Lift £9,800.00
2012 | Lutons ABS, Airbags, 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
2016 | Lutons Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi Chassis Cab, Fitted With 13ft9" JC Payne Luton Body, Rear Soller Shutter Door, DEL 500kg Column Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Handsfree, Dual Passenger Seat, Remote Cetral Locking, Electric Windows, Multifunction Steering Wheel, On-Board Computer, Cruise Control, One Owner From New, Very Low Miles, Full Service History, Excellent Condition.
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Iveco Daily  35C13
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Iveco Daily 35C13 POA
2014 | Lutons Iveco Daily 35C13 Day Cab, Fitted With 13ft9" GRP Luton Body, Rear Shutter Door, DEL 500kg Column Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, CD Player, Electric Windows, Low Miles, Choise Of 2, Excellent Condition.
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Peugeot Boxer  Low Ride Luton
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Peugeot Boxer Low Ride Luton POA
2015 | Lutons Peugeot Boxer LWB Low Ride Luton, Next MOT due 08/10/2018, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Black Cloth interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, ABS, Bluetooth connectivity, Day cab, Drivers airbag, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Immobiliser, LWB, Multi-function steering wheel, PAS, Remote central locking. 3 seats, Solid White, Still has the remainder of the
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2016 | Lutons Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi, Fitted With JC Payne GRP Luton Body, Rear Shutter Door, Slim Jim Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Factory Fitted Handsfree, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, One Still Has The Remaining Balance Of The Manufactures Un-Limited Mileage Warranty, Owner From New, Full Service History, Excellent
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter  313cdi
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi POA
2016 | Lutons Available Soon, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313cdi, Fitted With 14ft JC Payne Luton Body, Rear Roller Shutter Door, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Bluetooth Stereo, Bluetooth Handsfree, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Overhead Storage, One Owner From New, Very Low Miles, Excellent Condition. MoT Expiry: 31/10/2019
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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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