Due to the 1933 Road and Rail Traffic Act, truck makers had to develop 8-wheelers. Although AEC was first in the field, Leyland stole the march over others and announced the arrival of the Octopus in 1935. By 1945 the Octopus (with 8 wheels) became a super hit among heavy haul drivers so much so that Leyland kept its design unchanged until 1960. There were two other smaller models that also sold well - Beaver with 4 wheels and the Hippo with 6 wheels.
Few changes did take place on the engine side but largely it remained the same until 1970 before being phased out.
Ashok Leyland based in then Madras also used to make Leyland trucks in India.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||5.5 x 2 x 2|