Hello, Really happy I found this forum! I have a 1968 Winchester Mk3 London Taxi, which is a fiberglass bodied car built on a Ford Transit Mk1 frame and running gear. Mine is equipped with the Essex V4 engine. Since I am in the U.S. there is virtually zero parts and information about the Transit MK1, so I hope this forum will be a great resource for information and parts. My car is in good mechanical condition, but I will be needing a few parts to make it perfect mechanically.
In 1963, the Winchester MkI was the first taxicab to feature fibreglass bodywork. It was the brainchild of the managing director of Winchester Automobiles (West End) Ltd (a subsidiary of a specialist insurance group which had been formed in the late 1940s specifically to cater for the insurance needs of owner-drivers). The deisgn had been developed in consultation with a team composed of cab drivers, opertors and mechanics, with the aim of producing a design which would excel in all areas. The plastic bodywork, initially built by West Drayton-based fibreglass specialists James Whitson over a chassis constructed by Rubery Owen (best known for their classic “Rostyle” wheels), gave the cab two key advantages over the FX4 and Beardmore Paramount MkVII: lower weight and panels that couldn’t rust.
MkI Winchester (left), in standard two-tone grey, demonstrates that “black cabs” have never actually had to be black, although by 1967, the MkIII version (right) took a more conformist approach.
Here are a few shots of my Winchester Taxi. I am bringing it back to life after sitting unused for a good while and trying to undo years of neglect. Since the body is all fiberglass, it is a great car for Florida, as everything made of metal dissolves here, rather quickly. The chassis and running gear are all stock Transit Mk1 except for the steering box, it is modified to meet the London Taxi requirement of a 25ft turning radius (and it really does turn in an amazingly tight circle!).
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conrod: Hi Bob, have emailed you about the stripes. I have a couple of sets left. Cheers Conrad
Jan 24, 2021 18:46:24 GMT 1
souths: greetings conrod bob from sydney due to s little financel win i am keen on puchasing a green body stripe kit from you please forward cost to purchase pleasE and cost of postage to sydney i will require your bank details so i can lodge payment BOB
Jan 18, 2021 4:25:37 GMT 1
sweeper8: hi looking for scuttle panal for mark2
Jan 17, 2021 23:36:27 GMT 1
souths45: greetings conrod all the best for 2022 do you have a spare set of body strip kit in green available if so what is the cost to buy one from you please include [postage to sydney and can you give me your bank d details so i can pay you
Jan 8, 2021 5:36:54 GMT 1
transitmiler: Hi folks liked at some posts regarding heater fan. Have just bought a xtrail motor took magnets and armature out of old motor and replace with complete motor
Dec 31, 2020 22:32:25 GMT 1
aussiebob: very little rust rear wheel arch needs respray and minor panel beating/250 alloy head motor/upgraded front disc brakes/ running dedicated lp gas/zl fairlane alloy wheels
Nov 7, 2019 5:41:32 GMT 1
aussiebob: due to age and finances i have to put my sundowner for sale; auto/power steering ,disc brake rear axle,e
Nov 7, 2019 5:37:16 GMT 1
paultransit81: hi guys. have been reading some of your posts . I'm glad I live down under .. rust isn't our enemy . the sun is .. keep on keeping on.. transits rockin roll
Oct 11, 2019 12:19:23 GMT 1
paultransit81: mk1 transit standard doors rubber kit available rare spares aust
Oct 3, 2019 10:24:12 GMT 1
cortinae: Long shot aiming at my painting friends Got my screen out my MK 2 transit and for the love of god can not find the paint code for the metal part of the dashboard any ideas , went to paint shop and all the young guy kept saying can you not bring it in no it
Aug 24, 2019 22:02:15 GMT 1
soapysmith: Hi all, a friend of mine, whose husband died last year, has dropped in a cd with pictures of some MK1 bits. I see she has a diesel bonnet and grille assy. I also spotted a front axle with disc brakes. Anybody interested in anything?I am away for a few days
Aug 8, 2019 20:31:16 GMT 1
magnum: hello all new member magnum
Jun 12, 2019 18:20:49 GMT 1
FredTransit: Hello jonnochap!
Jan 25, 2019 22:18:33 GMT 1
aussiebob: Hi Conrod all the best for 2019 the strips look the part please let me know when you have sorted out the final details with them and i will arrange payment for a set. Regards
Jan 21, 2019 5:53:45 GMT 1