This is a blog about our ownership of an iconic London taxi for our own private use in West London. Percy the taxi is a black 1992 LTI Fairway Driver (Bronze Advantage) who stopped plying his trade on the streets of London in November 2012. He’s been with my wife Nina and I since December 2012, and is a proud member of the London Vintage Taxi Association.
Having officially retired, he now has a new stainless steel radiator mesh, complete with LVTA badge, Lucas Spotlights at the front (yet to be connected), an artificial daisy garden in the rear shelf, solar powered daisy lights with artificial ivy in the partition and soft cushions and blankets in the passenger bench.
Percy has traveled over 458,000 miles around the streets of London, powered by a Nissan 2.7L diesel engine, coupled with a Garrett turbo system to comply with Euro emission rules when he was still working.
His life as an ex London taxi now involves trips to see family and friends in London, to day’s out in the countryside every few weekends.
He has taken part in the LVTA Cabalcade 2013 with a procession through central London, which concluded with a display of 50 FX4’s and Fairway Drivers in Marble Arch on the 7th April 2013.