Lot 194 - 1939 Austin Heavy 12/4 Low Loader London Taxi
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,640|
Formerly the property of the late Alan Withey, the president of the London Vintage 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 with over 4,000 being built between 1934 and 1939. Several makers produced bodies for the Low Loader, the most common being Jones Brothers of Westbourne Grove and Strachan of Acton. This particular taxi was built by Strachan for the fleet of the London General Cab Company of Brixton who trimmed the taxi themselves to a more economical standard. The 'General' Strachan body is identified by the oval rear window and the absence of an armrest in the rear seat and is equipped with a side valve four-cylinder engine and a four speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on third and fourth gear, a worm drive rear axle and rod-operated brakes.
Information supplied by the London Vintage Taxi Association www.lvta.co.uk
Acquired by the late Alan Withey in 1975 in largely original condition, he meticulously renovated the taxi over several years. When completed it was considered to be the finest example of a pre-war London taxi on the road. This taxi has appeared in numerous television shows and films including 'One of our Dinosaurs is Missing' starring Derek Nimmo and Peter Ustinov and 'Lassiter' starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour. Taking into account the age of this Austin, it is still in very good order today and comes complete with an Argo mechanical taximeter, correct for the period. Also supplied with a V5C registration document, a buff logbook and some previous MoT's.
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