1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136
Lot 1245
1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi
Coachwork by Vincent of Reading Registration no. BXK 124 Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136
Sold for £67,580 (US$ 90,366) inc. premium

Lot Details
1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136 1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi  Chassis no. 78469 Engine no. CS1136
1935 Austin 12 LL type Taxi
Coachwork by Vincent of Reading

Registration no. BXK 124
Chassis no. 78469
Engine no. CS1136

Footnotes

  • A recent addition to the Banfield collection, this typical London taxicab bodied by long-established coachbuilder Vincent of Reading was only acquired in 2011 from taxi enthusiast Dr Peter McWilliam of Yorkshire, who had owned it for 20 years, regularly driving it from Yorkshire to London, never using a trailer. He had bought it to replace a Strachan-bodied cab that had been written off when a Range Rover had collided with it on the M25: "It was far and away the best of the three cabs I had seen."

    The Austin taxicab was sponsored by the long-established firm of taxi dealers Mann & Overton. Introduced for 1930, it was based on the well-proven Austin Twelve private car chassis, "which has earned a wonderful reputation for reliability under all sorts of conditions in all parts of the world", duly modified to meet the stringent demands of Scotland Yard, which licensed cabs to ply for hire in London. The original "High Lot" model Austin was supplanted in 1934 by a revised model, the LL or "Low Loader". By the time this particular cab went into service in March 1935, over 70 per cent of the taxicabs working in London were Austin Twelves, marketed through Mann & Overtons, who were sole concessionaires for the London area, and such was their dependability that the last of them were still plying the streets of the Metropolis in the early 1960s.

    "BXK 124" was withdrawn from service in the mid-1950s, and was bought by a group of students. One of them, Bruce Kingswell, then bought out the rest of the group, with the intention of restoring the old taxi to as near new condition as possible. It is believed that before doing this, he entered the Austin for the very first HCVC London-Brighton Rally in 1962. Bruce Kingswell then set about a "ground-up" rebuild, aided by the fact that his father worked in the motor trade. However, the demands of marriage and a family meant that the restoration took many years longer than anticipated. It was not completed until the 1980s, by which time Mr Kingswell had moved house and found the modern traffic "too intimidating". And then he and his brother are thought to have needed to raise money to buy property in France and put the Austin on the market.

    In Peter's ownership, "BXK 124" won the Brighton Trophy, awarded to the best taxicab on the London-Brighton Run, on no fewer than eight occasions, the last time as recently as 2011. The cab was fitted with a new engine in 1996 and in early 2011 the wheels were powder coated, the cab was resprayed and the silencer was reconditioned. He only took the decision to sell the cab because of advancing years (his, not the taxi's) and the Austin became a prized addition to the Banfield Collection. In July 2012 the taxi, which is in running order, became the latest of the Banfield fleet to be "marked" in the Worshipful Company of Carmen's traditional cart-marking ceremony in the forecourt of Guildhall in London.

    Its file includes correspondence, registration documents and an instruction book for the Austin Twelve taxi.
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