1935 Austin Heavy 12/4 Taxi Low Loader - ideal wedding car or film work
Sale price: £30,000.00 make an offer
Pending offersDate: 2017-12-06
Colin Davis offered usd
Heather Hudson (from Farnham) offered tbc gbp
Sale type: Fixed price listing
Technical specifications, photos and description:
|Model:||Heavy 12//4 Low Loader Landaulette|
|Color:||Blue & Black|
|Interior/Comfort Options:||Landaulette, Leather Seats|
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1935 Austin Heavy 12/4 Taxi Low Loader - ideal wedding car or film work for sale
Austin Heavy 12/4 Taxi Low Loader - coachwork by Strachan of Acton. Ideal for wedding and film work. Landaulette hood. 95% restored.
New hood. lots of new woodwork and metal work. New radiator New starter motorAll chromework rechromed - triple plated.
Repainted back to it's original colour scheme - blue & black.
New top quality blue Scottish leather trim and grey headlining.
5 new tyres and inner tubes. All 5 wheels blasted and powder coated.
New roof. Original luggage rack with new hardwood slats on roof for luggage area. Roof covering fastened down with stainless steel staples.
Stainless bolts and screws used during rebuild.
New steel front (£600 each) and rear wings/mudguards (£500 each).
New aluminium flooring for luggage area. running boards. tool box etc. Working London Model Art Deco Bell Punch cathedral meter included with original mounting bracket. As seen on PEG 1 in the Carry on Cabby Film. See pics below. New old stock side lamps. New reproduction rear lamps. New Ripault bonnet catches.
History of BYK 711:
Info kindly supplied by the London Vintage Taxi Association:From one of the Mann & Overton sales ledgers
1st owner / customer: Taxicabs London LtdI also have the continuation buff log book which shows the owners from June 1956 to 1967. The V5C shows the owners to the current day. I have an MOT which expired August 1965 which was probably the last time this vehicle was in use. It was bought by a Mr Usher in Dec 1966 for £15 (I have the original sales receipt and I also have Mr Usher's contact details - should the new owner wish to chat to him about the vehicle). Mr Usher owned the vehicle for a long time. The previous owner to Mr Usher in the 1960s was a Scout master who used to ferry boy scouts around in the cab - I have spoken to him; having written to all the names on the buff log book to find out more history on the vehicle. Having spoken to three of the previous owners I have a lot more history to give to the next owner - this is just a snippet.
For more pics & history + before and after see Youtube https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=pAiTq4Nz_GA
Work required to finish - electrics - wiring of the headlamps. side lamps. interior lamps and tail lamp. Some of the electrical wiring is in place and just needs connecting up.
To hear the engine running: https://youtu. be/PAndfp7nWKU
Spent £1274 on the engine with Sutton Rebore Services Ltd - rebore and new Hepolite pistons;new valves and valve guides; head also skimmed. Engine is now back together and back in the chassis and running. Front end should be back together by late October 2016 - price may go up depending on the amount of work remaining. Fully finished the cab should be worth £35 - £40k. Asking price now reflects it's current unfinished state.
According to my research their are only around 100 pre war cabs surviving today. During the war many London cabs were used by the Auxilary Fire Service and were fitted with tow bars to pull trailer pumps. See pics below. This cab was one of those. Some were also used by the Home Guard - See YouTube slideshow above and pics below.
Check out my Pinterest photo gallery of vintage London Taxis:https://uk. pinterest. com/martinw1873/vintage-london-taxis/
Recent auction prices: This one sold at auction for £31. 60 in Nov 2014.
This one sold for £67. 80 in 2014
This one sold for £28k in 2013 .
More Pics. The first picture shows the new steel back panel I had made for the cab next to the old rusty panel.
The second picture shows the brand new steel front wings which were made for the cab (£600 each) - not shown are the new rear mudguards (£500 each) which were also commissioned:
New period replica tax disc for 1935.
Below: New Ripault bonnet catches. Bell Punch 'London Model' Art Deco Taxi meter in good working order; complete with original mounting bracket.
Below: Original registration BYK 711 - which can be confirmed by the original Mann & Overton sales brochure and the LVTA records. Rechromed radiator shell. Correct factory Austin winged radiator cap. Original Austin script badge on radiator.
Below: Rear compartment door showing off the new Scottish leather trim and Fare chart; cab number; and rechromed original circular ash tray.
Below: Drivers seating area re-trimmed to match the rear compartment. Steering wheel has been blasted and powder coated. Centre steering wheel nut has been rechromed.
The picture below shows the coach builders plaque - Strachans Successors Ltd of Acton. London.
London Auxiliary Fire Service pics below - many cabs were requesitioned by the AFS during WW2 - BYK 711 was one of those.
Below right - The Home Guard also made use of the London cabs during WW2.
Home guard picture below. Auxiliary Fire Service picture below right.
Auxiliary Fire Service picture below left. Carry on Cabby film below right - BKK 711 has the same Bell Punch London 'Cathedral' taxi meter.
Original 1938 Mann & Overton brochure lists the registration numbers issued to Austin Taxicabs - shown below. Strachan of Acton coachbuilder model also illustrated below - BYK 711 was built by Strachan.
Also published at eBay.co.uk
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Comments and questions to the seller:from Amanda Ridley, dated 23 august 2018
My Father, Leslie Davis drove to Paris in this car during the late 1940s/early 1950s. he is now 91 and would love to see this car again. Please contact me as soon as possible.
from Heather Hudson-Oldna, dated 18 april 2018
Is this car for sale still?
from Colin Davis, dated 06 december 2017
I am interested in making contact regarding the London Taxi. Can you please call me on 07469 159417 Thanks Colin Davis
from H. Hudson, dated 06 december 2017
Is this car available?
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