The last of the Beardmore Series, the MK11 came in to service in 1955. This cab was supplied to a Liverpool owner in 1960. A rare example of a three door fitted with a Perkins 499` diesel and three speed transmission. The ash framed body is skinned in aluminium,with fibreglass wings.
This cab is two tone in colour black/red. It spent its working life in the City of Liverpool and probably even carried The Beatles in the swinging sixties retiring from work in the mid seventies. Discovered in a Merseyside dock warehouse, it was restored to a high standard over a five year period.
Still leading an active life it has been used for promotional work and film hire. Credits include First Among Equals, After The War, Buster, The Darling Buds of May and The Pat Phoenix Story. A regular attender at rallies winning many awards and won best vintage cab at London taxi driver of the year show 1987.
These cabs were more expensive than their Austin counterparts and not favoured by fleet owners and production ceased in 1967 and the works closed in 1969.
I acquired the cab in March 2013, named her Ruby and have used her primarily for wedding hires. She still has a fully functioning meter starting at 2 shillings and 6 pence. Everything works as it should including the For Hire light on the meter and above the windscreen. Even includes complimentary luggage in the luggage compartment! She is now for sale due to retirement.