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Austin 12/4 Taxi 'High Lot' Wartime Volunteer Fire Engine

Austin 12/4 Taxi in The First Days, Short Movie, 1939 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

Austin 12/4 Taxi 'High Lot' Wartime Volunteer Fire Engine

Position 00:11:15 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2016-03-18 19:25

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Commentary refers to taxi drivers becoming "godfathers" to fire pumps. Which probably also explains the ladders on taxi roof.

Sunbar UK

2016-03-18 21:27

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Austin 12/4 Taxi 'High Lot'

Sunbar UK

2016-03-19 20:51

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"several thousand taxi drivers have, with their vehicles, joined the auxiliary fire service. These particularly mobile machines have rapidly been converted to trail self-contained fire pumps of efficient types." This was in September 1939 and by March 1940 these were being released back to taxi usage as the AFS was able to meet London's needs and I guess the worst of the blitz bombing was over.

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