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1938 Austin 12/4 Taxi 'Flashlot'

1938 Austin 12/4 Taxi in The Man Who Knew Too Much, Movie, 1956 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1938 Austin 12/4 Taxi 'Flashlot'

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


Alexander DE

2005-10-07 02:26


I assume that this is either a Wolseley Oxford Hire Car (1946-55) or a pre-war Beardmore (Mk.V or Mk.VI).

So far I have no images to confirm any of this.

It is not idential to this taxi:
which is not an Austin, but probably the other of the two named above.

Sunbar UK

2007-03-17 11:01


1939 Austin 12/4 Lowloader Taxi (three wipers not two and a narrow radiator unlike the Wolseley wider radiator). Few of these were made because of the war years and the introduction of the FX3 shortly after the war.

sixteensix EN

2009-12-23 01:00


This is a 1938/39 Austin 12/4 'Flashlot' - a term coined by the cabbies of the time because it's design represented a much more 'modern steamlined' approach than that of the Low Loader which preceded it.
The bodies were built initially by Vincents of Reading on a standard LL chassis, but they were also made by Goode & Cooper and Jones Bros. - It was to be a further 10 years until its replacement, the FX3 was launched. Production of this type of cab was very limited due to the outbreak of WW2.
There are a few Flashlot type cabs shown on this website both as 'preserved' or in period photographs.
Jim Stringer (The Vintage Austin Register)

dsl SX

2017-08-15 23:56


EYY 919 was Aug-Sept 1938

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