My First Car: '52 Austin, Nick Hobart, 70, New Port Richey

'52 Austin

This 1952 London Taxi, made by Austin, cost me 25 pounds (around $90) in 1963. It is seen here decorated for one of the many weddings we did in it. Very slow and heavy, it featured a gear shift that took much practice to master. But it also offered one marvelous luxury not found today: a built-in jack system. You raised the bonnet, er, hood, and set the dial to "front" or "rear" or "all," inserted the lever, and raised the car up without even having to bend over. As far as I know, it still runs around Devon.

My First Car: '52 Austin, Nick Hobart, 70, New Port Richey 12/04/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2009 3:30am]

    

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