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Austin 12/4 Landaulette taxi cab.

This was the scene on a London street, on the afternoon of 7th September 1954, during a study of car parking and congestion issues in the city. Some of the cars are of recent manufacture, including the two Fords (103E Pop and Zephyr Six) parked to the right of shot. The vehicle nearest the camera is of pre-war origin, 1939 to be exact, and is an example of the Austin Heavy 12/4 Landaulette Taxi, registration FXP 4??. The Landaulette name refers to the rear section of the roof, which can be folded down, affording the rear seat passengers a better view of the scenery on a sunny day such as this one.
A sign on the building behind the Ford Pop confirms the location as the corner of Old Burlington Street, with the photographer standing on Clifford Street. Despite the best efforts of the Luftwaffe, this area doesn't appear to be looking much different than it would have done prior to the war.
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Austin Landaulette Taxi from 1939 in London
The "No Waiting" sign stood on the pavement outside the premises of Jarvis and Hamilton is doing its job well enough, leaving plenty of room for the chap riding the well-laden bicycle to navigate his way along Clifford Street. Behind him is a line of largely unidentifiable cars, a line-up which appears to contain at least one SS Jaguar, and a lowlight Morris Minor tourer. The building in the far distance, situated on New Bond Street (Number 161), bears the name Harlip on its frontage. Harlip was a photographic studio, often patronised by celebrities of the day.
The Austin 12/4 Heavy Landaulette Taxicab was a product of coachbuilders Jones Brothers, of Westbourne Grove, London, with running gear, including its 12hp four-cylinder engine, courtesy of Austin. Note the heavy artillery-type wheels fitted to this cab, at a time when "normal" cars had typically progressed from artillery rims, to wire wheels, and onto plain disc-type steel wheels by this time.
Photographs of earlier Austin 12/4 Low Loader and Landaulette taxis, can be seen on this page.
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