FX4 Black Cab, 1958-1997 (Austin FX4, FL2, Carbodies FX4, FLs FX4R, FX4S-Plus, Fairway, Fairway Driver), Enthusiasts’ Manual

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The London Black Cab became an international icon. Many people have a mental picture of one type of vehicle and are oblivious to the number of different types and manufacturers. This latest Enthusiasts' Manual from Haynes provides a comprehensive account of the development of a number of types of London Black Cab between 1958 and 1997

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NAME: FX4 Black Cab, 1958-1997 (Austin FX4, FL2, Carbodies FX4, FLs FX4R, FX4S-Plus, Fairway, Fairway Driver), Enthusiasts' Manual
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1712
DATE: 070412
AUTHOR: Bill Munro
PUBLISHER: Haynes
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 156
PRICE: GB £21.99
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: Austin FX4, FL2, Carbodies FX4, FLs FX4R, FX4S-Plus, Fairway, Fairway Driver, Black Cab, London Taxis
ISBN: 978-0-85733-126-7
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DESCRIPTION: The London Black Cab became an international icon. Many people have a mental picture of one type of vehicle and are oblivious to the number of different types and manufacturers. This latest Enthusiasts' Manual from Haynes provides a comprehensive account of the development of a number of types of London Black Cab between 1958 and 1997. When the first Black Cabs were produced in 1958, they were technically competent but already dated. When production halted in 1997, the Black Cab was no longer in the same technical class as typical automobiles of that year. As a taxi carrying passengers primarily in an urban environment, they were still reasonably comfortable and suited to their task, but were coming under pressure from the new classes of personnel carrier derived from light commercial vehicles. In addition to providing an iconic London taxi, the Black Cabs sold in other countries and were used in some of the smaller outposts of Empire as official vehicles for Governors. The manual traces the origins of the Hackney carriage, followng the evolution through the early 20th Century to the commissioning of the later motor vehicles by Mann and Overton from Austin. The substantial section of the manual is given to the anatomy of the FX4. Following the pattern of earlier Enthusiasts' Manuals, the Black Cab is reviewed from the view points of the cab trade, mechanic, and enthusist. With the Fairway being retired, the Black Cab soldiers on as a collectors classic vehicle. For a vehicle that was little more than a necessary stop gap, the Black Cab achieved immortality because the troubles in the British car industry during the 1960s and 1970s removed the possibility of new models that followed the technical developments that changed the nature of private cars. The author has extensive experience of Black Cabs and has produced a very readable history and anatomy that should prove very popular with a wide readership.

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