1957 Austin FX3 Diesel Taxi. 57 years old ex London Cab
Sale price: £13,100.00 make an offer
Pending offersDate: 2015-02-09
Paul Duff (from Wichita Kansas USA) offered Tbd usd
Simon lo gatto (from London) offered 12000 gbp
James Richardson (from London) offered 12500 gbp
Sale type: Fixed price listing
Technical specifications, photos and description:
1957 Austin Taxi FX3. we have had this taxi in our collection for over 20 years. this vehicle is part of a few vehicles which will coming up for sale over the coming months. I think the next one will be our 1942 World War 2 Ford jeep. we have also owned this for over 20 years.
The taxi was valued by the Taxi association as a very original car. and was given a valuation then of £8000. in 1994 and I have the letter to prove it. We also have an original service manual and a Taxi Hire car Book for the FX3. and an Austin Taxi parts book. all rare items.
The car is just used for weddings and light duties now adays
From the internet
The first prototype. the FX had a 1. 8-litre sidevalve engine that proved inadequate for the job. The second prototype. the FX2 had a 1. 8-litre petrol engine. but this was replaced by the third version. the FX3. which had a 2. 2-litre ohv petrol engine. Fitted with an all-steel body from Carbodies the FX3 was registered as JXN 842. and it and the FX2 (registered as JXN 841) went on test in the summer of 1948. It was announced at the Commercial Motor Exhibition in the following November and went into full production in 1949. 
Following on from previous designs of London taxi. the FX3 had a traditional 3-door body. with an open luggage platform rather than a front passenger seat beside the driver. The FX3 was fitted with mechanical brakes. with rod operation. beam axles on leaf springs and a built-in Jackall hydraulic jacking system. Like all London taxis. it has a tight turning circle of 25 ft (7. 6m) diameter. as required by the Conditions of Fitness. 
The petrol engine proved too expensive to run and a conversion to a Standard diesel engine was offered by taxi and bus proprietors Birch Brothers of Kentish Town.  A 3-litre Perkins engine was also offered and these. as well as pressure for Mann & Overton prompted the Austin Motor Company to develop their own diesel engine.  This appeared in 1956 and quickly became the most popular choice in the FX3. The FX3's manual transmission has four forward speeds plus reverse. with synchromesh on all but first gear. In 1957-1958 a series of automatic transmission test vehicles were manufactured. of which only two are known to survive.
Outside London. cab operators in major UK cities like Manchester. Birmingham. Glasgow and Liverpool ran FX3s. either bought new or when they were retired from service in the capital. Examples of four-door FX3s were known to run in Manchester. where. in common with every other UK local authority outside London  different taxi licensing regulations were enforced. Several FX3s were exported to Madrid. Spain and proved successful. Attempts to sell them to the USA were a failure.
A Hire Car version. the FL1 was also made. which had four full doors. a bench front seat. column gearchange and an umbrella-type handbrake handle. The two occasional seats faced forward. A 'driveaway' chassis-cab was also supplied to outside coachbuilders. Several shooting brake ('woodie' ) bodies were made. as well as newspaper vans for the three London evening papers. the Star. News and Standard. A number of hearse bodies were also mounted on FL1 chassis by such coachbuilders as Simpson and Slater. Alpe and Saunders. Arthur Mulliner and Woodall Nicholson.  Undoubtedly the most remarkable body built on an FX3 chassis belonged to Armenian oil magnate Nubar Gulbenkian. Built by London coachbuilders FLM Panelcraft. it was an open-drive town car. with carriage lamps and wickerwork decoration on the body sides. It was reputed to have a Rolls-Royce engine. but this is uncertain.
The FX3 was replaced in 1958 by the Austin FX4. but continued in use in London until 1968. Many other examples ran for longer outside London. In turn. the FX4 ceased production in 1997 and was replaced by the TX series.
The Austin FX3 is still sought after by collectors and enthusiasts of vintage London Transport. Several Austin FX3s have been shipped to the United States of America and to continental Europe by collectors. hobbyists and for use as advertisement icons.
Also published at eBay.co.uk
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Comments and questions to the seller:from Bo Gafvelin, dated 11 february 2021
If I decide to buy the car, can I pay a appropriate down payment of 10% and later travel to you and pay the rest when I pick the car upp? I live in the north of Sweden and it’s full winter here and I dont’ won’t to drive on ice and reck the car.
from annie taylor, dated 03 october 2020
I’m looking for a British taxi cab. Must have a/c, steering wheel on left and automatic drive. It must be in good condition.
from CHARLES E MOCK, dated 02 august 2019
i have a 1955 fx3 in very very nice condition that operates as it was intended to that i would part with for the right price. 320 632 5050 minesota
from Steve Anderson, dated 06 march 2019
Hi - I am looking for a vehicle like this for some filming in London. Would it be possible to hire and if so, is it roadworthy?
from 8000.00, dated 03 january 2019
CAR HAS BEEN IN STORAGE FOR 40 YEARS
from paul muller, dated 19 november 2018
i have a car that needs an interior . engin is newly rebuilt i want to sell it.
from Danny Jones, dated 01 december 2015
Is this proud beast still available? Just what I've been looking for. Have no idea how to get this to Indiana in the States, just starting the process of looking around on how to import vehicles, hope you can help.
from andy, dated 18 may 2015
how much for the cab?
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