1971 AUSTIN FX4 LONDON TAXICAB
First introduced in 1958 to replace the FX3 (produced between 1948-58), the all new FX4 was designed by Austin in collaboration with Mass & Overton, who were a London taxicab dealership and commissioned and helped finance the new model and Carbodies, which were the coachbuilders that built the bodies and assembled the car (and would later acquire the full rights to the FX range in 1982).
The FX4 would be the first London taxi to go into production with four doors, and featured a separate chassis with a divided cabin, which provided the most available space and of course that legendary 25’ turning circle.
Powered by a 2.2 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine coupled to a manual transmission originally derived from the Austin Gypsy, the ‘Black Cab’ was updated in 1969 with improvements to the interior including extra sound deadening, black vinyl seating and an altered partition resulting in more leg room. The ‘bunny ear’ turns signals were replace for more modern turns signals.
This iconic 1971 FX4 was privately imported into Australia in the mid seventies and was later added to the museum, where it has remained a popular exhibit. This FX4 would make a great candidate for a wedding or promotional car.
The vendor had a diesel mechanic attend to the car on the 20th July 2020 and we are told its running well having not been started for a couple years.
This vehicle is sold unregistered.