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 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 North American section, administered by club officers based the USA.

New Members' Area

Our Members' Area offers:

  • A buy and sell page
  • A tech help forum
  • Technical help articles
  • Lists of parts suppliers by make
  • Historic London fare tables for download and printing
  • Archived back issues of Vintage Taxi

Access is for paid members only - find out more about joining

COVID-19 Update

I hope you are all staying safe, wherever you are. 

As the UK begins to get control of Covid-19, some shows are beginning to reappear on the calendar. Please check each individual event listing, or the event's main website for details.

The LVTA shop is still open for business and we are able to provide all the items we have in stock.


Because of Covid-19 and the reduction in air traffic resulting from the controls that governments world-wide have imposed,, postage rates to overseas destinations, particularly the USA have been subject to huge increases. However, we have only passed on minimal increases in mailing costs steady and are subsidising them wherever appropriate.

Come back to this page for further updates, or visit our Facebook page.

LVTA Committee

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 in the LVTA Shop, pdf downloads of workshop manuals for Austin FX3 and FX4, LTI Fairway and TX1 and Metrocab Series 1, 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 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 this service to members, so do consider the membership fee as an investment and a good way of saving you a lot of money and heartache.

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.

What we can offer to writers, researchers and family historians

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. Please use our Contact Page to get in touch with us.

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