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Serial number FX4DR Genuine London taxi French registration World War II devastated the taxi industry in England. In 1947, Mann & Overton, Carbodies, and Austin joined forces to produce a new taxi: the "FX3". Initially supplied with a petrol engine, it received a Ferguson diesel engine in 1952. In 1954, Austin developed its own 2.2 litre diesel engine. Like its predecessors, it is characterized by a comfortable space reserved for the passengers and isolated from the driver. Luggage was placed to the left of the driver's seat. The "FX4" made its debut in 1958. It succeeded the FX3, but kept most of the FX3's (and pre-war taxis') features: a separate chassis, a "luggage compartment" to the left of the driver, a large volume for customers, "suicide" rear doors opening at 90°, the famous 25-foot turning radius, etc. New features include hydraulic brakes, folding seats for two additional passengers, and separate (front/rear) heating and lighting controls. Mann & Overton, Carbodies, and Austin are still behind the project. Its longevity made it "THE" English taxi. Built for 39 years without any aesthetic changes, the FX4 was progressively transformed. Originally delivered with a 2.2 diesel engine, it was offered with a petrol option in 1961. However, almost all FX4 taxis were equipped with a diesel engine and, until the mid-1970s, most had a manual transmission. This Austin FX4 Taxi is in near original condition. It will need a refresh and a general overhaul to run smoothly. Nevertheless, it is complete with its period accessories such as its original jump seats and roof indicator. In 2019, it received a new transceiver set mounted at The Black Cab in Dinard.
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