• Short Summary

    Skilled restoration of early London taxi cabs.

  • Description

    Camberwell New Road, London.

    A 1912 Unic taxi cab is being lovingly restored by a dedicated team in Camberwell, at the London General Cab Company.

    M/S of Eddie Palthorpe carefully painting an outline on freshly painted yellow wheel. Jack Clark and Len Wells are seen lifting a door onto the cab, which is in mid restoration. Tom Bennett taps a sheet onto the rear of the cab. C/U shot of the engine. Lesley Stanley fits black leather hide onto the rear side. He chalks out a mark on the leather to make a cut. There is a brief shot of the Unic badge on the front. Len Wells fixes some wood strips to the side using clamps. He has a pencil behind his ear. He takes them off and sands them on a bench .

    Pan to some photos pinned up nearby of the original cabs, being used for reference. C/U of the photos. Mr Houghton picks up an original oil lamp which he compares to the photos. Len also looks, still has the pencil behind his ear. Its makes a good shot of a balding grey haired working gentleman in blue overalls.

    They are also working on a green 1910 Panhard taxi cab. C/U shot of the metal mechanism for the 'For Hire' sign. A man gets inside the leather trimmed interior and operates a ship's style brass indicator dial which says 'left, right, stop, turn' on it. M/S exterior of The London General Cab Co. Ltd, with it's sign over a large sliding door. It opens and the Panhard is driven out. There are various shots from the cab of the traffic, with a closing shot of it chugging down the road.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    85.35
    Media URN:
    1385
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    16/02/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:48:00 / 01:52:19:00
    Canister:
    CP 216

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    "Mr Houghton" is John Houghton.

    "1910 Panhard taxi cab" - it's a Panhard & Levassor taxi, with Laundalette coachwork, Reg. No. H 6460. The vehicle is still in existence as of 2013.

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