Casting : Cockney Cab



Years of Production:

1971


Country of Origin:

US and Hong Kong


Casting Variations:

HV vs. US bodies have differences- See Comments Section


Interior Colors:

Black Only
US: Black Interior, Clear Glass
HK: Black Interior, Blue Glass


Paint Colors and Variations:

Color
US
HK
Aqua
Uncommon
Uncommon
Blue Common
Common
Light Green Common
Common
Green Common
Common
Red
Common
Common
Rose
Less Common -
Hot Pink
Hard to Find
-
Magenta
Less Common
Less Common
Yellow Less Common
Less Common



Comments:

The Cockney Cab is based on a London Taxi and came with a Union Jack sticker on the rear



A Pair of Cabs

A story about the Cockney cab was told by Jack Parker, one of the mechanical engineers.
The designers located an actual cab owned by an italian restauranteur in the LA area.
At the time, engineers at Mattel wore white shirts and ties. The owners of the car were a bit
leery when a car load of starched white shirts show up at their business, unannounced,
purportedly to take measurements and photos of the taxi cab.
It took some explaining to convince the owners that it was not a raid!





Fender Variation HK(L) vs. US(R)

Note the in the fender under the headlights on the HK version.




Trunk Line Variation HK(L) vs. US(R)

Note the grooved detail of the boot (trunk) on the HK version and the "license Plate" on the US version.
The shape of the rear window is also a bit different but not as definitive.





A recent Doodle of the Cab by Howard Reese, the designer


The Cockney Cab was also released in Mexico by CIPSA.








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