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23rd September 1960
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Beardmore Motors, Ltd., 167-169 Great Portland Street, London, W.1. TWO complete taxicabs and a chassis are displayed, with I separate sectioned power units. The chassis exhibited has a Perkins Four 99 1.6-litre indirect-injection oil engine producing 43 b.h.p., which is coupled to a Ford three-speed gearbox. It has a semi-floating hypoid rear axle, a hydraulic braking system with 12-in.-diameter drums all round, and wormand-nut steering gear. The Beardmore chassis is unusual among vehicles of its size in having a rigid front axle carried on semi-elliptic leaf springs. Telescopic dampers are fitted at both axles.

A similarly powered chassis is the basis of one of the com plete taxis shown. The coachbuilt body is panelled in light alloy and reinforced plastics. On an 8-ft. 8-in, wheelbase, the vehicle is 13 ft. 101 in. long overall, 5 ft. 6 in. wide and has a turning circle of 25 ft. It costs £1,198.

A Ford 1.703-litre petrol engine is fitted in the other complete vehicle exhibited. This engine produces 59 b.h.p. at 4,400 r.p.m. and 91 lb.-ft torque. The petrol-engined taxi is priced at £1,095.


Locations: Portland, London

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