A friend of mine is visiting New York City. Although a taxi in New York is hardly an unusual sight, my friend recognized that one like this certainly is. My question to the CCognescenti: is this a real NYC cab? Or something being used in a television or movie shoot?
First, the basics. The car is a 1972 Ford. I am guessing Galaxie 500 based on 1) the lack of the swaths of chrome that
covered the rust adorned the LTD and 2) it appears to be a full four door hardtop. The low level Custom/Custom 500 only came as a traditional four door sedan.
The whitewalls and full wheelcovers also make this car look a little nicer than the basic taxi-spec cars many of us remember from that era.
So is this a real taxi? My friend observed someone getting into the cab and the Ford heading into Manhattan traffic – just the way a real taxi would do it. I suppose there is a market for such things among tourists, but I would imagine that an old Checker cab would be so much more authentic.
As a counterpoint, these Fords were Olympic-level rusters and I have a hard time imagining that someone would press a vehicle like this into front-line cab duty in 2018. And yes, this photo was taken within the last few days, as you can see the modern Toyota cab photobombing the un-cropped scene. And there seem to be a couple of other photos of this car online.
My guess is that this is a movie car of the kind that drives people like us crazy – a whitewall/wheelcover/four door hardtop taxi. Something that I am guessing never existed in 1972 New York. What say you?