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page last updated: 22 February 2017


 

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There are number of Corgi London Taxis but this is the first, 1:47 scale and nothing opens but it's the best by a long way, really nicely modelled. Later on it would get Whizzwheels and ultimately be completely remodelled in 1:36 scale for the core range and in about 1:60 scale for the Junior Range.

The one on the right has a driver, which the other one does not. Anyhow he's very smart with a bright yellow waistcoat and a bow tie. Looking at the pictures in the 'Great Book of Corgi' the taxi sold on its own did not have a driver, but the one sold in the London Gift Set did. Is this one from the Gift Set?

The FX4 Taxi was released in October 1960 and produced until 1965. In June 1971 it was re-released as a single item with Whizzwheels and remained in the range until 1976.  Variations to look for are; turned or spun hubs, with or without a driver, the driver figures differ: one is described as 'younger' the other 'older', Whizzwheels and there is also a version in maroon. Values are fairly consistent. with the maroon one being the highest.


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