Lot 118 - 1985 Carbodies McAlpine Taxi
- Bespoke example with cocktail cabinet
- Owned and used by the late Lord Edwin McAlpine
- Owned by Judy, The Hon.Lady McAlpine
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 2,000 and 2,500 units per year. Around two-thirds of production went into London via a dealership in Islington.
First registered on 20th August 1985 this taxi was ordered and coachbuilt from new for the late Lord Edwin McAlpine of Moffat. We are informed by Judy, Lady McAlpine that all the company Partners had a Carbodies Taxi at the time, each with added luxury such as velour seating, rear entertainment system and in this instance a cocktail cabinet. Presented in a metallic (McAlpine) green with complimentary velour trim, this will comfortably seat six with two jump seats in the rear and one to the passenger seat. Offered by Lady McAlpine, this example has been on static display with occasional use since 2006: it went to the Fat Duck in 2016 and to various vintage festivals run by Lady McAlpine and although running and driving, may need some further recommissioning should you wish to use on the road. Practicality and provenance, this is an iconic slice of History. Consignor Mathew Priddy
Guide Price £6,000-£10,000
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