The same model featured in the Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night‘ (4 guests)
The London taxi is on one of the most recognizable icons around the world. This particular model, right hand drive of course, happens to be one of the most rare. Click here to watch the restoration video.
Very few of the Austin FX3’s remain in working condition, and much fewer made the long 4000 mile journey to the United States. This vehicle is most certainly one of the best examples on the planet today.
Believe it or not, the door on the passenger front side is not missing. The open compartment was designed to carry luggage that could be easily lifted in to the vehicle from the side walk. The taxi meter attached to the side of the vehicle suggests payments in shillings.
This model might be most famous for an appearance in the 1964 movie “A Hard Days Night” starring the Beatles. The band disembark a train in London and run into a waiting Austin FX3 amid scenes of chaos from screaming fans.
The vehicle has an optional crank handle that can start the engine from the front, and the lofty carriage area was designed to allow passengers with top hats to enjoy the ride in comfort. For this reason, this vehicle was nicknamed the “Topper”.
Like all British taxis, guests can enjoy a roomy rear bench seat facing forward. When other guests join the party, jump seats can be pulled down to allow a traditional carriage like environment where guests face each other, creating a travel experience like nothing else. Suicide doors allow easy entry and exit and a sliding glass partition allows more privacy when required.
This vehicle is a moving museum piece, make the occasion magical and ride in a piece of history.