1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171
Lot 333
1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab
Coachwork by Strachans Successors Ltd. Registration no. EXC 480 Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171
Sold for £26,450 (US$ 41,092) inc. premium

Lot Details
1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171 1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab  Chassis no. 81611 Engine no. 82171
1938 Austin 12/4 'Low Loader' London Taxi Cab
Coachwork by Strachans Successors Ltd.

Registration no. EXC 480
Chassis no. 81611
Engine no. 82171
Body no. 3927

Footnotes

  • The Austin Motor Co. built their first purpose built taxi in 1929, being quite late into the taxicab scene. It was not however until April 1930 that the design was modified to meet the stringent regulations for London use, laid down by Scotland Yard's Conditions of Fitness. Part of those requirements involved a tight turning circle which the early cars did not have. Austin's well tried 12/4 chassis and engine were used as the basis for the new cab. In 1934 the adoption of a worm drive rear axle enabled a lower body to be fitted, whilst still keeping a flat floor in the passenger compartment. These coachbuilt, high specification taxis were expensive to produce and consequently most enjoyed high levels of maintenance and long stints in service. Coachbuilders Strachan and Jones were the two favourite coachbuilders and Mann & Overton were the supplying dealers for the London area . A photocopy of their sales ledger records the supply of this car, which was first registered in April 1938.

    There is no doubt that this vehicle was the favourite of the ten cars offered today as it remained in the ownership of the deceased for almost twenty years, having been acquired from another connoisseur collector, Gordon Cussens of Enfield. The landaulette coachwork is the work of Strachans and particularly notable is the detailed woodwork/door furniture in the rear. Finished in traditional blue over black livery, correct coachwork fittings include the roof mounted 'For Hire' sign, the taxi fare meter, the Metropolitan Police Fare Table and the extended roof on the drivers side affording enhanced weather protection. The comfortable rear compartment is upholstered in red leatherette and there are two folding occasional seats – the vehicle carries a sign 'Licenced to carry four passengers'. A sliding window division allows communication with the driver. A tax disc suggests last use in 2008 so the usual careful re-commissioning is recommended before use.

    This iconic piece of wartime London street furniture, which survived The Blitz and probably went 'round the clock' on the odometer several times, is offered in remarkably original condition with a number of past MoT certificates, the aforementioned photocopied extract from Mann & Overton's ledger and a Swansea V5C registration document. It is eminently eligible and suitable for the HCVS London to Brighton Commercial Vehicle Run and exclusive taxicab events.
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