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 became a super hit among heavy haul drivers so much so that Leyland kept its design unchanged until 1960.
Few changes did take place on the engine side but largely it remained the same until 1970 before being phased out.
Besides the Leyland Comet, the Octopus model was also imported into India by Madras (now Chennai) based Ashok Leyland company in the mid-fifties to carry loads up to 25 tons.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet and doors|
|Dimension (in inches)||5.5 x 2 x 2|