Meet Our Cars!
For any car enthusiasts out there, this blog will outline the hard facts of our fleet!
Meet our cars – in this blog we will outline the hard facts of our fleet for any car enthusiasts.
We’ve searched the web and flicked through our hand-books for the hard facts of each car; engine sizes, capacities of each car, a brief history of each car and a fun-fact!
Read on for everything from surprising kit cars to a film star hidden amongst our modest fleet!
…is a British family run automobile company based in Biddulph, Stoke on Trent.
Each Beauford is supplied in kit form and are therefore can be customised to almost any design. They are designed to replicate 1920’s & 30’s model cars. Therefore, a Beauford should always be referred to as a “Vintage Style” or “Classic Style” car.
The first cars were made in 1985 and used a Mini body as the passenger compartment later replaced by a glass fibre moulding. The company has supplied over 1,500 kits.
Engine Size: 2 litres (Donor car 1980 Ford Cortina)
Passenger Capacity: 2
Fun Fact: Most are being used in the wedding car industry.
Read more about our Beauford in our blog, here.
…offers up a vehicle in the style of the 1930’s. The cars were similar to the Ford Model A from 1928 to 1931. The carriages, some of which were particularly long, offered space for seven to eight people.
Similar to the Beauford, the Bramwith is a kit car and should be described as a “Vintage Style” or “Classic Style” car.
Engine Size: 3 litres
Engine Type: Ford Granada (1990)
Passenger Capacity: 7
Fun Fact: Bramwith Motor Company was founded on 23 May 2007
Read more about our Bramwith in our blog, here.
…was based on the floor-pan of Jaguar’s 420G flagship (not to be confused with the smaller Jaguar 420), but with a wheelbase extended an extra 21 in (533.4 mm).
The frontal styling was similar to the original Daimler Sovereign, with the Jaguar four-headlight treatment first seen on the 420G’s predecessor, the Mark X, mated to a Daimler radiator grill bearing the traditional fluting. Jaguar Mark X/420G underpinnings were also apparent from the twin ten-gallon fuel tanks set in each of the rear wings, each with its own electric SU-pump selected by a dashboard mounted switch.
Three of the six rear passengers sat on a bench-seat behind the glass division in opulent comfort — the DS420’s rear seat spanning over 6 feet (1.8 m) in width. Three more passengers could fit on occasional fold-up seats.
The late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother had four DS420 models over the years (all registered NLT1 or NLT2), including one of the last three models to be produced in 1992; another going to Queen Elizabeth II, although rarely used and the last retained by Jaguar for use in Coventry, now in the possession of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
All the cars delivered for Royal use featured certain special features including cloth seats, removal of chrome around the doors, a bullet-shaped blue light and a mount on the roof for the Royal Standard and Coat of Arms. These cars were a reminder of the royal patronage that Daimler lost to Rolls-Royce in the early 1950s.
One of the most famous late appearances of the DS420 was for the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; respectively, both the hearse and the mourning limousine following it were DS420s.
The Royal Family of Denmark, in addition to many other prestigious vehicles, have three Daimler DS420s.
Era: 1980 (popular with Royalty and Government officials)
Engine Size: 4.2 litre
Engine Type: Jaguar XK
Fun Fact: The Daimler Limousine DS420, popularly known as the Daimler Limousine, is a large limousine produced by The Daimler Company Limited between 1968 and 1992. Daimlers have been used by the British, Danish and Swedish Royal Houses.
The Austin FX4 is a taxicab that was produced from 1958 until 1997. It was sold by Austin from 1958 until 1982, when Carbodies, who had been producing the FX4 for Austin, took over the intellectual rights to the car. They continued production until 1984, when London Taxis International took over the rights to the FX4 – and they produced it until 1997. In all, more than 75,000 FX4s were built.
Era: 1958 – 1997 (Stopped production because of EU emission regulations)
Colour(s): Most were black, hence the well known name ‘Black Cab’
Engine Size: 2.7 litre Nissan Diesel
Passenger Capacity: 5-6
Fun Fact: Car can make U-turns in just 7.6m (25 ft), a requirement for the narrow roads of London.
A replacement is due on the market with the same turning circle, which has taken 20 years to design!
We have 3 London Taxis for hire:
- An Original FX4, retained in the original Black colour – this car was used in some film shoots over the years – more to come in our up-and-coming Black Taxi blog.
- An All Cream London Taxi Convertible
- A Cream and Maroon London Taxi Convertible