Well, I must admit that I have never seen a London taxi (black cab) on the streets in Japan, but here is one that is in today’s auction:
Not only is a London taxi cab an unusual sight in Japan, but readers with eagle eyes will also have noticed something a little odd in the interior photo above… and reading the auction sheet will confirm your suspicions: Yes, that’s right, this black cab has been fitted with Recaro seats in the front. I guess the driver is planning on doing some hard cornering in this machine. I dread to think what it would be like bouncing around in the back with the driver screeching round the bends.
Japanese taxis look more like slightly old-fashioned regular cars and are usually based on the Toyota Crown model as you can see in this photo. Apart from the impeccable service, what I enjoy most about riding in a Japanese taxi is the rear passenger door that is opened by the driver at the touch of a button.
If you are interested in some more unusual taxis, take a look at this Ferrari Enzo and Lamborghini Murcielago that apparently take fare-paying passengers in Oman. Now those are two taxis which really do need the sports seats!
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