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It's hard to thirk of a more instantly recognisable motor vehicle, British or otherwise, than the FX4 Back Cab. Synonymous with London for mare than half a century, the FX4 first appeared on as streets in 1958 and has served London and many other towns and cities in the UK ever slice. Had it not been for the troubles that beset the British motor industry during the 1960s and 1970$, the FX4 would almost certainly have been replaced by a succession of more modem cabs Instead, it sinSred through sheer necessity to become an icon, not only of London but of Britain too.
As examples of tie latest model, the Fairway, am retired from service, this Haynes Enthusiasts' Manual celebrates the history, development and influence of tie ubiquitous FX4, built between 1958 and 1997.
Tracing the origins of the Heaney carriage, expert author Bill Munro follows the evolution of the taxi through early 20th century designs to the dominance of later vehiofes commissioned from Austin by Main and Overton, tre dealership which began sating motor cabs in 1905 and continued to trade under that name until 2010. Man and Overton was responsible for commissioning the FX4. and eater designs, from Austin and remained a prominent influence throughout its entife service life.
A substantial section of the book is dedicated to the anatomy of the FX4, providing a breakdown of its construction and mechanical systems, aid illustrating how serviceabity was designed in and production costs were kept low through the use of standard BMC components. Further chapters explore the FX4 as viewed by the cab trade, the mechanic aid, of course, the enthusiast with tips on buying, running and maintaining one of these vehicles today In a taxi-driving career spanning 40 wars, Bill Munro has driven every versicn of the FX4. A former editor of Vintage Taxi (the magazine of the London Vintage Taxi AssoOation), he has contributed to the London cab trade press and written several other taxi-related books.