Welcome to the London Vintage Taxi Association's website
Where our members are
We have members all around the world, represented by:
A central committee in the UK and regional reps around England, Wales, and Scotland.
A mainland Europe representative, fluent in several languages.
A dedicated American section, administered by club officers based the USA.
I hope you are all staying safe, wherever you are. The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all, of course, so I would like to advise you of the state of play with the LVTA.
The great majority of the events we had planned to attend have been either postponed or cancelled completely. Please check each individual event listing, or the event's main website for details.
The shop is still open for business and subject to post offices and couriers operating normally, we will still be able to all the items we have in stock.
However, a huge increase in postage rates has meant that we will need to increase our postal charges for the time being. Altering the rates does take time and we're working on it, so please be patient while we get them changed.
What we do
Most of us own, restore and preserve historic London taxicabs of all ages. Some of us exhibit them at various classic vehicle shows throughout the year, whilst others hire their cabs out for weddings and for film and TV work. Some members do not own historic taxicabs but belong to the club because they enjoy the vehicles and their history.
What we offer to our members
With such a wide base of knowledge and experience, we can offer perhaps the greatest depth of service for anyone restoring and maintaining old taxicabs of all ages that you will find anywhere. Some of our members are active in the London cab trade, as drivers or mechanics, whilst others have run old London cabs for decades. We publish a high-quality full colour, glossy bi-monthly magazine, "Vintage Taxi", which we believe is the world's only magazine dedicated to old London taxis. We have for sale CD-Roms and pdf downloads of workshop manuals for Austin FX3 and FX4 and LTI Fairway, plus our unique Beardmore Guide, the only workshop manual ever produced for the Beardmore Mk7.
Join before you buy
If you want to buy an old London taxi, we strongly urge you to join us and take advantage of the expertise our members have. There are some vehicles offered for sale that are not always what the vendor claims them to be, and sometimes are offered at ridiculously high prices. Whilst we do not offer a valuation or inspection services, we can tell you whether the vehicle is what it is supposed to be and often say whether the asking price is realistic. We only offer these services to members, so do consider the membership fee as an investment and a good way of saving you a lot of money and heartache.
What we can offer to writers and researchers
If you are a family historian, a writer or researcher, we can answer quite a wide range of questions about the London taxi and its history.
We do not, out of fairness to our paid up members, provide technical advice, help with obtaining original vehicle registration numbers or any other specialist services to non-members.