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1930 Austin 12/4 Taxi High Lot

1930 Austin 12/4 Taxi in Royal Wedding, Movie, 1951 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1930 Austin 12/4 Taxi High Lot

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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stronghold EN

2008-09-25 08:00

Austin 12/4 Taxi

-- Last edit: 2008-09-25 08:07:32

Sunbar UK

2009-10-26 12:31

'GH 2362' is correct for a July 1930 registration.
The DVLA indicates it was colour blue, manufactured in 1930 which looks correct for a 'High Lot' taxi Vehicle. (Although the DVLA data indicates re-registering in 1989 after the movie was made possibly after restoration).



-- Last edit: 2009-10-26 12:38:49

dsl SX

2011-06-02 16:38

Can confirm GH xxxx series dates as completely issued July-Sept 1930. DVLA details for GH 2362 are:
Date of Liability 01 08 2011
Date of First Registration 18 01 1989
Year of Manufacture 1930
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1479CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLUE
Still going strong and now available to hire as a wedding car http://www.hitch-a-lift.co.uk/1936-austin-taxi-124-launderette-low-loader/ "This vehicle travelled from London to America when owned by an American G.I. It was found about 20 years ago in Edmonton, Canada, in a museum and in a very sorry state. During restoration it was discovered that the GH2362 plate was the oldest known London taxi still in running order."

Sunbar UK

2014-09-27 11:52

dsl wrote .... "This vehicle travelled from London to America when owned by an American G.I. It was found about 20 years ago in Edmonton, Canada, in a museum and in a very sorry state. During restoration it was discovered that the GH2362 plate was the oldest known London taxi still in running order."


Also here in 'Random Harvest' MGM movie released in 1942 /vehicle_742694-Austin-12-4-Taxi-1930.html

This probably indicates the taxi was already in the USA prior to American GIs being deployed to the UK in mid-late 1942?

It would be interesting to find more movies with this actual car...

Gag Halfrunt UK

2014-09-27 12:25

I would imagine that it was imported by MGM to use in films set in the UK and someone made up the G.I. story because it was the only explanation they could think of for a London taxi coming to the USA.

Presumably it appears in other MGM films with UK settings filmed at the studio from the 1930s to the 1950s. However, it doesn't seem to be in Mrs. Miniver (also made by MGM in 1942 and set in London).

-- Last edit: 2014-09-27 13:30:28

Sunbar UK

2021-12-14 21:54

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