Category Archives: Taxi History

How to Hail a Taxi

If the social inept techies continue to sway public opinion, the urbane experience of hailing a taxi may soon become a thing of the past.

Vintage Taxicab Ads

A collection of advertisements from the 50s, 60s and 70s for taxicabs manufactured by Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Checker, Plymouth, and Pontiac. 

(Click an image for slideshow.)

The Fiat Taxi That Never Was

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Fiat 850 City Taxi Concept, 1968.

The work of Autonova caught the attention of Fiat designer and engineer Dante Giacosa who commissioned Pio Manzù to design this compact prototype for a taxicab with “limited external dimensions, accessibility, visibility, manageability, security and recognizability.”

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The prototype which was built in 1968 and exhibited at the Turin Motor Show had one long sliding door on the right and a normal opening door for the driver on the left. It could seat three passengers but was a mere 10.5 feet long.

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A Late Night Larry Story: Now She’s Shy

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Late Night Larry shares one of his many stories about the madness of driving a cab at night in San Francisco:

An excerpt from the zine Behind the Wheel 3: From Uber/Lyft to Taxi.

Transcribed at the weekly National barbecue.

Self-driving Uber cars and the future of taxis

Here’s my segment on the Will and Willie Show talking with Will Durst and former SF mayor Willie Brown about politics, the future of taxis and self-driving cars. I watched it all the way through without cringing too much, so that’s a good sign I guess…