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1926 Beardmore Hyper Taxi 'Farthing Cab' MkIII

1926 Beardmore Hyper Taxi MkIII in O.H.M.S., Movie, 1937 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1926 Beardmore Hyper Taxi 'Farthing Cab' MkIII

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Sunbar UK

2015-08-12 11:18

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No detail of radiator to confirm it but overall proportions look like an early Austin 12/4 Taxi High Lot.

I don't think I've seen an Austin of this type before thats without one or both headlamps, but some early taxis continued in London until the mid-1930s without them so perhaps not an Austin?

-- Last edit: 2015-08-12 14:05:12

Sunbar UK

2019-03-31 21:06

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A second potential candidate for a 1929-1932 Morris-Commercial G-Type International taxi.
overall there is too little detail to say if it is an early Morris-Commercial, but main points are...

1) Without headlights as G-Type.
2) Door's door stepped down from passenger glass bottom edge as G-Type.
3) Overall appearance similar to a G-Type International taxi.
4) Bonnet and radiator shape inconclusive due to sunlight reflecting from the side.
5) Running boards look rather too low.
6) Taxi would be between five and eight years old at time of filming.

dsl SX

2019-03-31 21:47

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Now that my new book has made me an overnight taxi expert, I don't think this is a Morris-Commercial. But it might be an early Beardmore Hyper - looks very similar to a photo in the book, possibly 1926
[Image: beardmorehypermk31926.jpg]

- no wing headlights (they were on the scuttle, and the first electric lights on London taxis), has the driver's door stepdown (similar feature to the G-Type but not as high on the Beardmore as its rear windows came lower), lower ride height (so lower running boards as mentioned), and the rounded shiny grille top looks similar (unlike the squared G-Type).

Sunbar UK

2019-03-31 22:37

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Congratulations dsl, Beardmore Hyper Taxi agreed. I guess the spare wheel is just visible on the side by the driver.

However earlier I guess than our other Beardmore Hyper Taxi 'Farthing Cab' MkIII examples which all have headlamps?

So after the Beardmore Super Taxi, a Hyper MkI or MkII?

-- Last edit: 2019-03-31 22:37:44

dsl SX

2019-03-31 23:27

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My instant expertise is being stretched close to snapping point, but the impression I get is that the Beardmores were Mk1 (1919+), Mk2, Mk3, Mk4 etc, with the 1925 Mk2 known as the Super, the 1927(?) Mk3 as the Hyper (and acquired the 'Farthing Cab' nickname as it was more compact than before so much more economical), the 1934 Mk4 as the Paramount, and the 1935 Mk5 as the Paramount Ace. So there is no Mk1/2/3 etc sequence within the Hyper.

The headlights issue seems to be a regulations thing although The Book is not explicit about the detail - they were banned (until 1930??) to discourage drivers going too fast and giving their passengers a bumpy ride, and may also have not been needed when taxi use was confined within London's comparatively well-lit streets. Then rule changes came in allowing headlights and wider taxi journeys, presumably into darker suburbs. And it mentions some cabs getting retro-fit lights.

Sunbar UK

2019-04-01 11:21

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Soon after making the Mk.I Mk.II comment my meagre number of brain cells clicked into remember mode about it being throughout the Beardmore taxi range!

For the Hyper model in early 1929, the CM Archive has an illustration in May 1929 with the description,
"A striking photographic record of the progress of the Beardmore taxicab. Note the reduced height and improved appearance of the new Hyper model at the right. It is 6 ins, lower, than previous types, has four-wheel brakes, clear-vision safety glass and semi-pneumatic upholstery. It is also capable of higher speed and greater acceleration."

[Image: beardmoreiiiiii.jpg]
Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

1926 for the start of the Hyper 'Farthing' Cab as here.
"The Mk. I of 1919, on its 815 x 105 tyres, was withdrawn from London service in 1933, having been made until 1923. The Mk. II lasted until 1926 and could still be hired in London up to 1936 and Hypers went out of production in 1932, the last one going off the streets in 1946."
Link to "www.motorsportmagazine.com"



-- Last edit: 2019-04-01 11:37:21

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