Andrew Elphick asks when is a black cab not a black cab?
Outwardly resembling a regular FX4 taxi (as would be its discreet intention) however the eagle-eyed might spot the radiator grille-mounted badge: ‘CARBODIES’. This is the only indication of being a purchase tax paid private vehicle, and not a ‘hire’ car.
This example (the property of the estate of a well known British construction dynasty), has metallic olive green coachwork complete with complimenting matching green velour upholstery. Sculptured rear high back seats and a passenger compartment feature a central console mounted radio cassette (no MP3s in 1985 just AM/FM auto reverse!) the rear facing hinged occasional seats remain.
Exterior wise the metallic coachwork with everflex roof covering is standard Taxi fare, bar the huge rectangular spot lamps. If these additional lights were for London’s fog or the leafy tree lined single track roads of its current resting place is unknown though.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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