Imagine our astonishment when our group of four adults, two cellos, and a violin were all comfortably situated in the back seat of our taxi. The well-turned-out driver, complete with crisp uniform and white gloves, shut the door for us as we sank back into sumptuous red leather upholstery. Soon the car was purring down the macadam to Cambridge University, where we were to study Music that summer. Our London Taxi ornament most closely resembles the Austin FX4, which made its debut in 1958. Of the panoply of cabs in operation in London today, this familiar black taxicab has become as much an icon of British automotive culture as the Rolls Royce. Prominent public figures such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Prince Philip have even been known to drive an Austin themselves from time to time. Unlike the new Japanese MICRA taxis, the Austin features a softer, rounder body more suited to the softer, rounder lifestyle of Britain’s past. Our British Taxi is hand-blown and hand-painted in Poland.
- Hand blown and hand decorated glass ornament
- Made the traditional way in Europe by artisans trained in their craft for generations
- Heirloom quality
- Comes nestled in acid-free tissue in a gift box
- Keep out of direct sunlight; clean gently with a soft cloth