A Go To Parade Project… 1950’s Trident

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Here is a Taylor-Dunn Trident 1950’s, as per the seller, project for your review. Taylor-Dunn has been producing small vehicles since 1949. This example is listed here on craigslist in St. Louis for $1,395. This unit has been underwater, will you be if you bought it?

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R. D. Taylor Sr. founded the company in 1949 building hand carts to carry feed on his chicken ranch in Anaheim, California. In 1951 the first electric version was produced. This improvement appears to help cut down on back pain if you know what we are saying? This model was electric powered, but at some point someone converted it to 12.5 HP gasoline engine. Since this is a project, you could go back to the 24 volt electric motor and system if you wish to. Would you go back to batteries of drop in a fuel cell? In December of 2015, the building this Trident was parked in was flooded with 30″ of water. The seller states that this Trident was only “in water” for less then 24 hours.

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This is a non-running project. The windscreen is missing. It may have washed away in the flood, but we don’t know. There is at least one restored example that sold for $29,900 in recent history. We don’t know if the market is that high today, but if you have $8K or less in this and can, yes we are going to say it, flip this unit for $20K then the numbers do work in your favor. Are you game to make this Taylor-Dunn Trident “parade ready”?


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  1. Scotty GStaff

    Nice find! These are indeed rare, too bad it’s been converted to gas-power, but maybe that would give someone an opportunity to upgrade it back to modern battery technology. That price is hard to beat. I wish I wouldn’t have seen this..

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  2. HoA Howard AMember

    Yaarrr, matey, you calls that a Trident? Triumph Trident. Now that’s more like it. Never heard of this, along with the 57 others ( and counting) that show up here. Looks like it should be at an amusement park, with the little helicopter blade coming out the top.

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  3. Mark S

    This looks like it was built in a shed in someone’s backyard. I wouldn’t give you $50.00 for it, wouldn’t want it if it were given to me. It begs the question how was this ever street legal. I think the Shriners want their circus clown car back.

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    • Tony L

      I don’t think Taylor-Dunn built anything that was street-legal. Their vehicles were used in factories and schools, most were maintenance type vehicles.

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      • Keith Matheny

        Right Tony.
        Taylor-Dunn built all steel “trucks” for industry .
        We still have a few running around the steel mill.
        Bullet proof bodies that can haul 500+lbs..
        This looks like a managers ride from the ’60s’
        All glass body and tiller steering on 3 8″ wheels.
        Not road worthy, 24/36v drives, Slooow and I mean slow.
        But not with that Briggs in there. This could be scary……!
        Millwrights haul gas welders and full sets of oxy/acyl torches on them!
        It could make a cute parade car, or maybe a flee market runner, but you’ll trailer it there and back, lol!

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  4. Scott

    These are actually street legal. I know, I have one!

    Mine is a rare model with a steering wheel.

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  5. Julie H

    Looking for a fixer in a Taylor Dunn Trident. Please Send email response to momma.mouse13@gmail.com. Thanks!!

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