Casting : Cockney Cab
Years of Production:
Country of Origin:
US and Hong Kong
HV vs. US bodies have differences- See Comments Section
Paint Colors and Variations:
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US: Black Interior, Clear Glass
HK: Black Interior, Blue Glass
Other Versions of Same Casting:
CIPSA Cockney Cab
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 dip 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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