Welcome to the London Vintage Taxi Association's website

Founded in 1978, the LVTA is the only club in the world dedicated to preserving historic London
taxicabs and their commercial vehicle and private hire variants.

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.

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, to members only, CD-Roms 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 others

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, give technical advice or help with obtaining original vehicle registration numbers to non-members.