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Phil I don't know about the Hackney derivation, but understand that the reason they are called london cabs is because of a requirement of the London licensing authorities to have a very small turning circle (it is said to navigate round the Savoy hotel entrance) and , at one time being tall enough inside to allow a gentleman to wear his top hat in the cab without removing it. When other authorities used these vehicles they were therefore called london cabs. Mike
, Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:17 pm
All you have stated is quite true, and I have no objection to cabs operating in London being called London Cabs or Black Cabs, but I see that is becoming a misnomer now as they all seem to be a dark wine colour now, or is that just in Birmingham?
, Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:32 pm
In the early 80's we had a lwb land rover pick up truck. The fuel consumption was horrendous so we bought a second hand black cab engine and with the help of a conversion kit that cost us £60 our mechanic changed the engine. What we lost in power was well worth the increase in miles per gallon.
, Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:07 pm
A Land Rover pick up was a great tool for us, it was great for towing an empty tuck but not really a good idea if it was loaded. It also could be used for running heavy spares around like replacement wheels & tyres and even engine parts. They were a great working tool and the great thing was anything could be changed with a spanner and screwdriver even body parts.