Monday, August 2, 2021

Taxi!

Rare 1938 Austin taxi to be auctioned; it is one of just four known to survive

 

On 29th March, the very day Theresa May taxis towards Brexit and triggers Article 50, H&H Classics will auction a 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire.

 

Offered with an estimate of £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100)., the quirky landaulette hooded vehicle features a retractable roof, roof rack and taxi meter. It has a red interior and an 1842 cc engine.

 

The maroon and black vehicle was used in London before the Second World War and up until 1955, participated in the London to Brighton Historic Commercial Run in 1964 and then was left in a lock-up in Gravesend, Kent until the 1980s. Restored and returned to the road in 2003, the car is described as being in “presentable” condition.

 

Taxi! – 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts to be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 2017 – Estimate: £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100) Taxi! – 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts to be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 2017 – Estimate: £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100)Taxi! – 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts to be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 2017 – Estimate: £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100)Taxi! – 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts to be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 2017 – Estimate: £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100)Taxi! – 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts to be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 2017 – Estimate: £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100)Taxi! – 1938 Austin 12/4 Heavy Low Loader Taxicab with coachwork by J. & H. Ricketts to be sold by H&H Classics at their Imperial War Museum Duxford sale in Cambridgeshire on 29th March 2017 – Estimate: £24,000 to £28,000 ($30,100 to $35,200, €27,700 to €32,400 or درهم110,700 to درهم129,100)

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