Lot 196 - 1938 Morris Commercial ‘G2SW’ Super Six London Taxi
|Estimate||£20,000 - £26,000|
Formerly the property of the late Alan Withey , the president of the London Vintage Taxi Association
Morris-Commercial began building London Taxis to comply with Metropolitan Police regulations in 1928. The G2SW 'Senior-Six' introduced in 1938 is unusual in being one of only two models of London taxi to have a six-cylinder engine; its predecessor, the Morris-Commercial G2S 'Junior-Six being the other. The engine of this taxi is an overhead valve Morris unit and mated to a four-speed synchromesh gearbox, a worm drive rear axle and rod-operated brakes. The body is the standard factory landaulet manufactured by Morris Bodies Ltd. and trimmed in leather/cloth with leather seat facings. It is thought that less than 100 Morris-Commercial G2SW taxis were made before the war halted production and this example is one of only three known to have survived making it incredibly rare.
Information supplied by the London Vintage Taxi Association www.lvta.co.uk
The taxi is quite sound and it appears some of the paintwork has been refreshed in places, hardly surprising taking into account the vehicle is 78 years old. Complete with a Halda taximeter (correct for the period) this Morris-Commercial is a true part of British motoring and tourism heritage. Ideal for use in the film industry, as a wedding car or to enhance an interesting collection of cars.
Interested parties should note that whilst this pre-war London Taxi runs, it is thought there is possibly a sticking valve in the engine which could be a result of lack of use in recent years.
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