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Austin FX3 in Columbia Heights, DC.
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No: 84   Contributor: Mr T in DC   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Austin   Country: United States of America
Austin FX3 in Columbia Heights, DC.

Picture added on 16 August 2009 at 15:40
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Nice old taxi (London?) -- can anyone tell us how old it is? The registration plate is Maryland Historic, which requires a vehicle to be at least 20 years old and not used in regular daily transportation. I figure the owner lives on the Maryland side of the DC city limit.

Added by Mike Feldman on 24 June 2010.
Hi Mike,
These taxis were made by Austin of England for London service from 1948 until 1958/9. This looks like a later one (Post 1950) as it has Bunny ear turn indicators on the roof.

Added by Stephen Dimmock of the London Vintage Taxi Association on 24 July 2010.
Thanks, Stephen. I love London cabs, especially the older ones. Probably the most practical cab design ever invented, and -- from all I've read -- indestructible. We've essentially given up on purpose-built cabs here in the States -- in most cities now, they're secondhand Ford Crown Victoria police cars. Huge, cheap (bought at police auctions) gas guzzlers.

Added by Mike Feldman on 25 July 2010.
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