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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. A new grey plastic moulded dashboard was also fitted. In , Carbodies also became a limited company at this time, with Bobby Jones as governing director and his son, Ernest Jones managing director. In the s, they supplied bodies for Rover , Invicta and Railton , but by far their biggest and most important customer in that decade was the Rootes Group. Hackney carriage Hansom cab —. They also acquired press tools through the Lend-Lease scheme, which enabled them to make aircraft components. Two years later was bought by Manganese Bronze Holdings.

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Taxicabs of London Commons. Retrieved 19 April In order to regain lost sales due to the FX4R’s failure, Carbodies took old chassis and suspension components and refurbished them, fitting new bodywork and the original-type cc diesel engines re-imported from India.

LTI Fairway Taxi

Like the FX3, the FX4 had a separate chassis, but with independent front suspension and dual-circuit hydraulic brakes. Hackney carriage Hansom cab —.

Rather than make bespoke bodies to individual designs, Carbodies set out to produce coachwork to a number of standardised designs for car companies that did not have their own coachbuilding facilities. In lateonly six of the earlier Rover or Austin-engined cabs remained in service the street, most having covered more than a million miles each.

Austin FX4

Air conditioning was offered as well as a wider range of luxury interior options, including a cocktail cabinet and custom sound systems. In the face of pressure from the trade, TfL allowed different conversions systems to be developed that could be fitted to the Nissan engine to make it comply.


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The TimesFriday, November 16, ; pg. InCarbodies began manufacturing the body and carrying out the assembly, finishing and delivery of the most important vehicle in their history, the Austin FX4 taxi.

LTI (London Taxis International) Cars for Sale in the United Kingdom

Their first major customers during the s were MG and Alvis Cars. The petrol engine was discontinued in In February the Fairway was introduced. Carbodies also supplied prototype bodies and tooling, projects including the Jaguar E-type bonnet and panels for TriumphAriel and BSA motorcycles and scooters.

Retrieved from ” https: For the successor company, see London EV Company. It could also be ordered with special trim at extra cost. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This in turn was replaced in by the TX4. For information on its parent company from tosee Manganese Bronze Holdings.

In October faieway, following a suspension of sales due to the discovery of a serious flaw with vehicle steering components and having failed in an attempt to obtain new financing, the company was placed in voluntary administration. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. It had forward-facing occasional seats, a second front seat li carried no roof sign. InCarbodies also became a limited company at this time, with Bobby Jones as governing director and his son, Ernest Jones managing director.


Retrieved 22 February Although it was intended for Carbodies to become the manufacturing plant for Daimler steel bodies, this was never fulfilled. A six-door version of the FX4S was also built. It was also the base of a few faifway. More than 7, FX3s, mainly destined for London, were produced over 10 years. Inthe manual transmission from the Austin Gipsy was available as an option. The Department for Transport was keen to see wheelchair accessible taxis and ltk FX4W wheelchair conversion, which was available from earlyenabled the FX4 to provide that facility.

The interior was also changed, with black vinyl seats and an altered partition to give the driver more legroom.

After half a century making short runs of limited demand bodies for major manufacturers it was obliged to replace these now moribund activities and in took from its former customer and supplier of taxi chassis, Austinthe manufacture of complete London taxicabs.