Driver’s Handbook – FAIRWAY – 2.7-Series- LTI – TAXI-and-HIRE-CAR-1990 (from my private archive)

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TX1 models – Owner’s Handbook – RH drive diesel models – LTI (from my private archive)

TX1 models – Owner’s Handbook – Right Hand Drive Diesel Models – LTI
(Source:- LTI Limited Publication Nr. 608727 – 9/98
(From my private archive)

N.B. Missing p.63 of Handbook has been added at the end of all pages.

All scanning is done with material acquired by myself. If an enthusiast has a Handbook
of better quality, I would be only too happy to replace this text and return the Handbook asap.
This amounts to any text/picture in this Weblog published.

Brochure:- AUSTIN Low-Loading TAXI-CAB – (From my private Archive)

This entire Weblog is edited by myself (Hans Dooren) and has no connection whatsoever with the LVTA and all content was gathered (via Ebay, Events/Vintage Sales, Bootsales, Privately, etc.) on my own account. Also the CDROM’s which the LVTA continues to sell since 22 April 2016, without my consent, were paid, scanned and recorded on Master CD-rom’s entirely by myself. This means they sell without ever paying towards costs made a/o time spent on or making an effort on their production since 1998. I made them aware of these facts many times but never received a positive acknowledgement. They also sell Taxi books but that’s not done without any compensation to the writer. I wonder why!

The private Weblog passed 43,230+ viewers; a true milestone, not possible without your interest. Thank you all..

We passed the 43,230+ viewers; a great achievement, not possible without your interest. Thank you all..

It’s great when you work on something and it turns out that visitors of the private Weblog come back to view. This Weblog has no connection with the London Vintage Taxi Association.

I thank our visitors and Thomas Dik who supports me technically.
If you can support us with reports/pictures, all are welcome! (address:-

BSA Vintage Motorbike with Taxi side-car. Absolutely UNIQUE! I saw it with my own eyes on Friday!


On 15 September 2016 I was surprised by the post send by Martin.(PUSH ON ‘read more’….. to find the special pictures)
He completed the BSA vintage bike with side car Taxi model. All as original as possible. In the whole of Europe maybe the only one unless there is one at Beaulieu? It is UNIQUE and he was assisted by his friend Leo Kerkhoff. Leo has ‘golden hands’. Martin himself is one of the best experts in this special field of knowledge.Two years ago he was at Waalwijk on my personal invitation. He again brought a fantastic combination which I reported on. This year I was not invited. After 12 years of organizing Waalwijk.

I can publish his 5 pictures with his consent and I will visit him in Germany (just over our border) Also to see his other 72 vintage motorbikes. I aim at making an article with pictures when home again. What a pleasure to meet and feel absolutely free and this is possible for any oldtimer enthusiast. Membership is not required. You find each other anyway.







The copyrights are in the hands of Martin Smits and Leo Kerkoff.

This article is published in my private Weblog. It is named Dutch London Vintage Oldtimer Taxi News by Hans Dooren.
The LVTA does indicate in their Website this Weblog as “our Weblog”.
This must be corrected.

Since I left the Committee of the LVTA due to lack of support, on that same date my stats recorded 30,000 views, subsequently 33,615 (today) and on this subject 190+ views. It shows the content is being appreciated. At your service! Any comments are welcome, positive or negative. ‘Freedom of speech’ is precious.

Today I found a similar BSA (1924) Motorbike with Side-Car Taxi combination at Birmingham Motorcycle Museum. A lovely surprise.
Bonham’s sold one a while ago for ca. 24,000 B.pounds.


By lack of a global front I added languages; an attempt not to miss out any of our readers of my personal weblog. May God bless you all.

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FX3 and its details

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FX3 Petrol and its details
FX3 Petrol, possibly to be found in the USA? Who knows the identity of the owner?


P.S. the pictures were not ‘taken’ by me (Hans Dooren) but the system recorded this.


You recently posted images of this FX3 on the LVTA site and although I have no idea who owns this cab at this moment, there are pieces of information which maybe of interest.
The interior has been retrimmed “recently”. The roof rail is not original. The rails offered by Mann & Overton as PCO approved accessories, were of a totally different design. It is possible that the rail is actually from a Beardmore Mk VII, although whilst the construction appears to be the same, I shall have to check some very old photos to be sure.
With reference to ownership, this cab was offered for sale in the US on eBay, maybe three years ago. Graham Waite made an enquiry about this cab, at that time.
It appears from some very early LVTA ownership records of 1982 that NDW713 was owned by Tony Spinelli of Philadelphia.  At that time, he stated that it was a petrol engined example of 1957 (possibly incorrect year) and that he was “in process of rebuilding engine & some bodywork – will probably be completed on or before 9/1/82 (1 Sept 1982). Licence tag NDW 713”. He also owned 1967 FX4D SME431F, 1958 Bm Mk VII VYL 788 & 1955 Bm Mk VII RYN 868.
Although the cab shows London General decals, it may not have been owned by the General. A small supply of these decals were circulating in the eighties amongst members and only two unapplied sets are known to exist. Evidence of General ownership would be provided by any original gold paint on the road wheels.
Hope this is of interest.
Brian West
(Ed. who does know the present owner and has more details on the cab? I feel “it might still live in the USA”?