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Sunday 22 August 2021

1996 Fairway Driver Taxi - Bonhams Auctions The Beaulieu Sale Beaulieu National Motor Museum 4th - 5th September 2021


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Bonhams Auctions
The Beaulieu Sale
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
4th - 5th September 2021

1996 Fairway Driver Taxi
Registration No: N868 DMM
Chassis No: SCRF3B3MXTC085138
Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000

  • Produced between 1958 and 1997, the Austin FX4 is a British icon and is instantly recognisable around the world as a London taxi. Originally sold as an Austin between 1958 and 1982, Carbodies (also known as The London Taxi Company) proceeded to take over production of the FX4 in 1982 until it was phased out. This late 1996 example is a Fairway model which was introduced in 1989 and featured a new 2,664cc Nissan diesel engine. This improved overall performance and reliability of the FX4, and it also had other additions such as full wheelchair accessibility. Maintained to the highest of standards, this example has covered a little over 100,000 miles (which is low for a London taxi) and was retired by its owner in 2012 (and subsequently put into dry storage). Recently recommissioned, the car has been fully serviced and has a new MOT until September 2022. There is no rust on the car and the interior is also in excellent condition with its seats, headlining and walnut dash all presenting well. It is believed there are only a small number left on UK roads, so the FX4 is becoming increasingly scarce. Overall, this is a very good original example that is worthy of use every day or as an investment.

    Vendor Score Total: 79/100

    Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of a consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly, Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Driveaway | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    Body Work: 4
    Paint: 4
    Glass: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    Gearbox/Clutch: 5
    Axles: 5
    Suspension: 5
    Brakes: 5

    Seats: 3
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 4
    Trim: 4

    Main components: 4
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 14/20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 4
    Under Bonnet: 3
    Mechanical components: 3

    Car History File: 3

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