1959 Beardmore Mk VII Taxi
Coachwork by Windovers
Chassis no. BM71529D
1,703cc OHV Ford Consul inline 4-cylinder engine
47bhp at 4,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Coil spring front and leaf spring rear suspension
Four wheel drum brakes
*A rare variant of the famous London Taxi Cab
*Simple Ford running gear
*Same ownership for over 40 years
*Great fun and easy to drive
The Beardmore Taxi Cab
Beardmore Motors, although having its roots in shipbuilding in Scotland, produced some amazing pieces of machinery over the course of its history including Locomotives, Sopwith Camels, motorcycles and some fine motorcars. Today they are best remembered for their iconic London Taxicabs, a business they began in 1919. The taxi line was highly regarded and lead to the reputation as the "Rolls Royce of Taxis". The design of London Taxis, because of the high regulations in place which mandated that all of the vehicles had to conform to a basic type, became the same sort of icon of Britishness as the Routemaster Double Decker bus.
The MkVII was the final and most advanced incarnation of the Beardmore taxi. It had a reliable Ford Consul drive-train and an aluminum body by the distinguished coachbuilder Windovers. The fenders were of fiberglass for durability and the design of the machine was for reliability and easy serviceability. The custom for the period was that after five years of service the Beardmore was fully rebuilt from the ground up and after 10 years it was retired.
The Motorcar Offered
This Beardmore MkVII was acquired by the vendor in 1969 likely just as the car was retired from active service. The car was kept in the US where it was maintained in operational condition. Finished in the characteristic black with brown interior, the car is today in the same cosmetic condition as when it was acquired. It has been sympathetically preserved and used lightly over the last 40+ years. It is reported to be in running order though the gas tank should be cleaned.
Rare cars in America, the Beardmores are well regarded taxis and a nice alternative to the much more common Austin models. With straightforward Ford running gear they are easy and cheap to keep on the road and always turn heads where ever they are taken.
- Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is 7/1529 and its title is in transit.