1959 Beardmore Mk VII Taxi
Okotoks Collector Car Auction – Calgary, AB
October 1, 2016
Beardmore Motors, although having its roots in shipbuilding in Scotland, produced some amazing pieces of machinery over the course of its history including Locomotives, Sopwith Camels, motorcycles and some fine motorcars. Today they are best remembered for their iconic London Taxicabs, a business they began in 1919. The taxi line was highly regarded and lead to the reputation as the “Rolls Royce of Taxis”. The design of London Taxis, because of the high regulations in place which mandated that all of the vehicles had to conform to a basic type, became the same sort of icon of Britishness as the Routemaster Double Decker bus.
The Mk VII was the final and most advanced incarnation of the Beardmore taxi. It had a reliable Ford Consul drive-train and an aluminum body by the distinguished coachbuilder Windovers. The fenders were of fiberglass for durability and the design of the machine was for reliability and easy serviceability.
Finished in the characteristic black and maroon with brown interior, the car is today in the same cosmetic condition as when it was acquired. It has been sympathetically preserved and used lightly over the last 40+ years. It is reported to be in running order.
The Beardmores are well regarded taxis and a nice alternative to the much more common Austin models. Should be interesting to see what this brings at auction.