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1929 Austin 16/6 'Fabric' saloon

1929 Austin 16/6 in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Movie, 1971 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1929 Austin 16/6 'Fabric' saloon

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

Owner of this vehicle: sixteensix

Comments about this vehicle


Junkman UK

2006-09-27 11:21

Otzin 10hp

Sunbar UK

2009-10-22 10:48

sixteensix wrote ...
The filming took place within the grounds of Haberdashers Aske Girls school at Elstree and the car ... is my own 1929 Austin 16/6 'Fabric' saloon. ...

From sixteensix's comments here /vehicle_56276-Austin-12--Clifton--1926.html

Originally listed as Austin 10hp.

sixteensix EN

2009-10-24 16:27

Yes, this Austin 16/6 belongs (and still does) to me and was purchased for £35 in 1962. Filming Dr Phibes was great fun and there were a number of scenes in which it appeared. The rear axles was changed within a couple of days as the Film Company wanted it for continuity within the week (It was a Police car!). The Headlamp shows the dipping system in use at that time (I have not changed it and always passes its MOT), where one goes out and the other dips.
Jim Stringer (Vintage Austin Register)

Sunbar UK

2009-10-24 17:09

Hello Jim, do you have any pictures you can post here (as Imageshack/thumbnails)?

The screen capture from the movie does not do you car justice I think, although I think I have probably seen it shown on the Vintage Austin Register's website.

sixteensix EN

2009-10-26 10:10

Hi Sunbar, I shall sort out a photo or two of my 16/6 and (if I can find out how you post them) I shall put them on this page within the next day or two. I used to do a lot of filming with my car, but whilst it was great fun, and you got to meet a lot of interesting people, it was very stressful.
I believe the 16/6 (RX 4740) has appeared in over a dozen films and TV productions - but the best one has to be 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas' when it was used as a 'Taxi'.
Cheers for now.
Jim Stringer (Vintage Austin Register)

sixteensix EN

2009-10-29 09:53

Hi Sunbar, after several unsuccessful attempts to send some photographs of my 16/6, I sent them as an attachment via e-mail to the web master. He has promised to send them onto you, and select a couple for the web site.
best regards.

Sunbar UK

2009-10-29 12:21

Thank you Jim. It is always interesting to hear from the owners of vehicles appearing in movies or other programmes.

This is Jim Stringer's (sixteensix) Austin as seen on the set of the TV series 'Poirot' and 'Perfect Hero' (with headlamp blackout covers)...

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Other films and TV productions in which the Austin 16/6 has appeared:

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing. 1976 [Gangster’s car – not seen]
Star. 1967 [Street Dressing]
We the Accused (TV) [Police Car]. (I would like to obtain a copy of this)
Mapp & Lucia. 1983 (TV) [Bishop’s Car].
Poirot (several episodes) (TV) [Taxi, Funeral car, Dressing]
Perfect Hero. 1991. (TV) [Dressing]
Hanover Street. movie 1979 – [Street dressing/traffic] (Harrison Ford misjudged his timing when running across the road and knocked into the car as it was passing. The language was ‘colourful’ – no damage to the car.
The Abominable Dr Phibes. 1971 [Police car]
Dr Phibes rises again. 1973 [Police Car].
The Charmer. 1987 (TV) [was meant to be part of a funeral cortege, but threw a rod on the way to the location, but they still used the car as ‘dressing’]
The Toy Maker. 1965 (TV) [Minor star’s car]
Funny Man. 1981 (TV) [Funeral Car]
The Patriot Game. (TV) [Dressing in garage]
The Medusa Touch. 1978 [Dressing - not seen]

I will add a listing in the 'Poirot' series as it used by the main characters, adding a screen capture when it becomes avaiable.

Also it should be possible in the future to add more. Particularly listings can be added for 'Hanover Street' (1979) and 'Mapp and Lucia' (TV series) as they are sometimes repeated on television.

sixteensix EN

2009-11-09 23:09

Thank you Sunbar for putting in a couple of the pictures which I sent through. The top one is from 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas' and the second one was from 'Perfect Hero' - The episode of Mapp and Lucia was 'Lady Bountiful' - if that's of any help. I am desperate to obtain a copy of 'We The Accused' as the 16/6 played a major role as a Police Car up in the Lake District.
When the car was returned to me it looked a wreck as it had been involved in several mishaps whilst in their 'care' - I also found out later that it had been used as the unit's 'hack' - never again!
One other T/V programme to add to the above list was 'Holding On' made back in the early 1960's for Thames Television, where the car was used to 'knock down' one of the characters.
Cheers for now.
Jim Stringer (Vintage Austin Register)

Jale PL

2020-12-20 16:58

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junkman wrote Raleigh bicycle :)

sixteensix wrote This is the rear end of my Austin 16/6 'Fabric' saloon (RX 4740), taken at Elstree studios following a chase to catch Phibes.
Jim Stringer (The Vintage Austin Register)

Animatronixx wrote So one of them? /vehicle_56277-Austin-16-6-1929.html

By the way: Thanks a lot, sixteensix, for helping to create one of my favourite movies! :)

sixteensix wrote Yes this was a great film, and enormous fun to do. Vincent price was a true gent - he even chatted up my wife!!
Jim Stringer (The Vintage Austin Register)

dsl SX

2020-12-20 19:28

We've identified this vehicle using the details you provided
Registration number: RX 4740
Body type: Saloon
Colour: Black And Red
Date of first registration: June 1929

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