Lot 103 - 1997 Lti Fairway
|Odometer reading||289,378 miles|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
- Desirable TD27 engine
- Only four previous keepers
- Part of the 2012 London Olympic celebrations
The London Taxi Company was a taxi design and manufacturing company based in Coventry, England. It formerly traded as London Taxis International and Carbodies. Over 130,000 London black cabs have been produced at the London Taxi Company's Coventry site over the past 60 years. Annual production averaged between 2000 and 2500 units per year. Around two-thirds of production goes into London via a dealership in Islington.
In February 1989 the Fairway was introduced. It was fitted with a 2664cc Nissan TD27 engine which made the FX4 a faster and more reliable cab. It had full wheelchair accessibility, in line with a new law that came into force in January 1989. The Fairway was the best version of the FX4 ever built and enabled LTI to sell to overseas markets, as well as move into provincial UK markets they had not been able to tackle. Much of this increase in sales was due to local authorities insisting on wheelchair accessible cabs being used in their areas.
Powered by the bullet proof and highly desirable 2.7 litre Nissan diesel engine, mated to an automatic gearbox, this ‘low mileage’ Fairway was sign-written to promote the 2012 London Olympic Games, looking great in the design. All the usual attributes associated with a London black cab are still present, including the famous TAXI orange light which adorns the roof and is in working order, as well as an advert to a West End show on the fold down seats. Supplied with its UK V5C logbook, owner’s manual, MoT test certificates, other paperwork and tools.
Great fun, practical and a real headturner, you can’t get much better than an original London Taxi! All that’s left to say is “where to mate”?
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