Lot 198 - 1934 Austin Heavy 12/4 Low Loader London Taxi

Lot 198 - 1934 Austin Heavy 12/4 Low Loader London Taxi

Lot 198 - 1934 Austin Heavy 12/4 Low Loader London Taxi

Lot Number 198
Registration BLE 972
Chassis Number 77453
Engine Number 77763L
Estimate £20,000 - £26,000

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 Jones 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

This taxi was originally registered on 10th November 1934 and after many years of service ended up in a museum in Sweden. The vendor, who is exceedingly knowledgeable when it comes to London taxis, purchased the cab some years ago and repatriated it to the UK.  He then set about some restoration work which included new upholstery, fitting a stainless steel exhaust, recovering the roof and fitting new running boards and, more recently, a new clutch has been fitted. This taxi has participated in the Armistice Day Poppy Run for the last couple of years. Supplied with a V5C registration document and some previous MoTs, this Austin Heavy is a handsome vehicle with a style and presence that would grace any collection.

 

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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