Budgie Miniatures

No.13 Austin Taxi

Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi

A model of a London Taxi filled the No.13 slot in the Budgie Miniatures collection. It first appeared in 1957 as Morestone Esso Series No.13 Austin Taxi and was a success from the start remaining in production for 8 years.

 

Based on the Austin FX3 Taxi Cab, it was a conventional casting of body and base with metal wheels. The driver and the near-side luggage compartment was cast with the silver painted base. 

 

All London cabs were black in the 1950's so this was the colour of the model and there was no change during its lifetime. Silver trim was applied to the grille, headlights, fog-light, front and rear bumpers, the roof sign, and occaisionally to the 'For Hire' meter.

 

A few changes took place to the Taxi. The first was to the base which was recast at some time with larger lettering and wider axle channels. Metal wheels continued to be used but there was a reduction to the silver trim. Previously this had been hand-applied but now spray-applied trim was used and only on the grille and front bumper.

 

The second change was from unpainted metal wheels to grey plastic which occurred towards the end of the model's production.

 

Sold initially in the Esso Petrol Pump boxes, the Austin Taxi was also part of Morestone's 1958 Noddy Garage Set.

 

From 1960 the Austin Taxi was re-issued by Budgie in yellow blister-packs and included in both Gift Sets Nos.8 and 12.

 

Budgie also issued it in 'Mobile' Vehicle Series boxes and later in 'Modern' Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes.

 

The real Austin FX3 Taxi was replaced in 1958 by the FX4 model so gradually the Budgie Miniature No.13 Austin Taxi started to look a bit dated. It was withdrawn in 1965.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.13 Austin Taxi

Variation 1 : black with umw

Esso Petrol Pump box with Garage Coupon

Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi
Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi

Variation 1 : hand applied trim with umw

MOBILE Vehicle Series box

No.13 Austin Taxi

Model Variations

 

  • (1)  BLACK, silver-painted base (type 1), hand trim, unpainted metal wheels

 

  • (2)  BLACK, silver-painted base (type 2), spray trim, unpainted metal wheels

 

  • (3)  BLACK, silver-painted base (type 2), spray trim, grey plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi
Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi

Variation 2 : spray-applied trim on front only, umw

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) box

No.13 Austin Taxi 

Boxes & Packs

 

1957-59    Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes

 

1957-58    Noddy's Garage Set

 

1961-63    Yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1961-63    Budgie Gift Sets Nos.8 and 12

 

1962-63    MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes

 

1964-65    MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

 

Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi yellow blister-pack

Variation 3 in yellow Budgie Toys blister-pack

Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi trim variations

Trim variations : full hand-applied (left); reduced spray-applied (right)

Budgie Miniatures No.13 Austin Taxi base variations

larger lettering

wider axle channels

Taxi bases : Type 1 (left) with umw, Type 2 (right) with gpw

The real Austin FX3 Taxi Cab

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

Britains Lilliput Vehicles     Kemlows Sentry Box

Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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