1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474

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Lot 573
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab
Coachwork by Goode & Cooper

Sold for £ 11,500 (US$ 14,459) inc. premium
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab
Coachwork by Goode & Cooper

Registration no. ELK 639
Chassis no. R/2 81474

Footnotes

  • Austin used the dependable 12/4 as the basis of their first London taxicab of 1930, and the model would go on to dominate the market. Built to a mechanical specification dictated by the Metropolitan Police's demanding Conditions of Fitness, and expensive to produce because of the low volumes involved, most enjoyed lengthy careers in service. Indeed, pre-war Austin taxis could still be seen plying for hire at prime tourist locations in London in the early 1960s.

    Registered 'ELK 639', a London mark, this Austin 12/4 taxicab spent most of its life in a museum in Pennsylvania, USA. Owned by the current vendor since 1992, the cab was purchased from a company that used it solely for film and television work. It is believed to be the only one existing with this style of Goode & Cooper coachwork. The vendor has restored the vehicle - including the engine, gearbox, axles, brakes, dashboard, interior, and bodywork - and maintained it throughout his ownership.

    'ELK 639' has won many 'Best in Show' awards at vintage/classic events, including the Kent Show. Although not advertised for such work, the Austin has also been used for several weddings. Photographs are available of the cab taken in the USA and at stages of the restoration process. We are advised that the engine and transmission were in good working order when last run approximately one year ago. Offered with a V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis number of this car is R/S 81474 and not R/2 81474 as previously catalogued.
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1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474
1937 Austin 12/4 Low-loader London Taxicab  Chassis no. R/2 81474
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