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Lot 405: 1997 Metrocab Taxi

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

'Metrocab (UK) received the Royal stamp of approval when the Duke of Edinburgh took delivery of the first liquefied petroleum gas Metrocab taxi at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace on May 7th.' This was the headline in Metrocab World, the trade journal for cabdrivers everywhere. The Sun had a slightly different take, 'You'll nev-ER guess who I had in the back of my cab yesterday!' The result though, is the same. February '98 marked the date when the Palace went Green. Since then, a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, a Daimler Limousine and a Rover 400 have undergone the same conversion, with more in the pipeline. The Duke of Edinburgh, famous for using Taxi's on the estates as well as around London as his day to day transport, went one step further and committed to the first of many liquefied gas powered taxis in the Country's Capitol. The palace has even had an LPG pump installed to accommodate the cars at Buckingham Palace as well as the LPG cars used by the Government. The car itself is of standard construction with a glass reinforced plastic body on a steel chassis. Power comes from a Ford Scorpio petrol engine from Powertorque Engineering of Coventry with, obviously, a LPG injection system. It was Powertorque, in fact, that presented the car to Prince Philip and which he used for the first 3 years of its life. Since then it has moved on the purpose for which it was designed. Out go the space for gun dogs and in comes a taxi-meter. Complete with tax and MoT until 2008, the fine burgers of Corby have since benefited from this unusual example of Britain's most iconic and often overlooked workhorse.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number405
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberR79 FOJ
Chassis numberSCD250602TF106144
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