Lot 2141


1935 Austin 12/4 Taxi (V5c declares 1939)
Reg. no. FLH 626
Chassis no. 81695
Engine no. 79191
This is a very well-known taxi, even featuring on the front cover of the book ‘A Photographic History of Taxicabs’ by Philip Warren & Malcolm Linskey (also featured on page 73). It was formerly the property of the late Alan Withey, the President of the London Taxi Association. The ‘Low Loader’ as it was generally known in the London cab trade, was the most widespread model of taxi in London during the 1930s. Due to the intervention of war, some of these cabs were still on the streets of London until the mid-1950s; this was one such cab, being sold by The London Cab Company in 1955. This body was built by Strachan for the fleet of the London General Cab Company of Brixton; the ‘General Cab’ was identified by the small oval rear window. The cab was acquired by Alan Withey in 1975, in largely original condition. He meticulously renovated the taxi over several years and when completed, it was considered to be one of the finest examples on the road. It has appeared on numerous television shows and films including ‘One of our Dinosaurs is missing’ and ‘Lassiter’. The cab is still in very good condition and it is complete with its taximeter. It is now offered with a V5c, two old registration documents, a selection of old MOTs and several old tax discs.

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£22,000 - 24,000

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