You don’t get more retro than a classic black cab – one of the most recognisable sites on the roads of London and indeed around the UK – and likely to be for many years to come. But did you know you can buy one easily without being a taxi driver?
You can from several places, including Elite London taxis, which offers cabs fully checked and serviced, all with warranties and a one-year MOT. And as these have been used as ‘working’ vehicles, you can be assured that they’ve been serviced and looked after over the years. But there are downsides – obviously these are high mileage cars, not to everyone’s taste, not the fastest on the road (70 – 75mph maximum) and mainly automatic.
But on the plus side, most have durable Nissan engines, a turning
circle as good as anything on the road, loads of room for your
passengers and will not look out of place in the taxis lanes (if you
fancy skipping through the traffic). And of course, you get to drive a
Prices vary depending on age and condition, but you should be able to
pick up a decent model for between £2,000 and £3,500. And if you buy
off Elite, they ship worldwide. But please note – you will not be
legally allowed to pick up paying passengers.
Find out more at the Elite London Taxis website