In 1944 the Leyland Hippo first entered service as a cargo carrier.
The cargo area was placed low and made the task of loading and unloading easier. To protect the cargo from the elements there were steel hoops that were then covered by a canvas.
Some of the unique body types made were ones to allow for photo processing and offset printing. These had a door at the rear and the spare tires were moved from the back of the cab to under the chassis.