Vintage Photo: 1952 Ford Taxi Fleet – But There’s Three Things That Make No Sense Whatsoever

Yes, I’ve been cruising through Shorpy again; beats reading the news these days. And this shot instantly grabbed me: What? Two-door taxi cabs? I have never seen a two door cab in the US or Europe.

And there’s two more things that make no sense:

These have V8s! That’s crazy. Taxis back then never had the more expensive optional V8s. That didn’t happen until well into the ’70s. Sixes were cheaper to buy, cheaper to fuel, and cheaper to maintain.

And whitewall tires! That’s something else you never saw on a taxi. Might as well throw money away.

This makes no sense. The 1952 Fordor cost $45 more than the Tudor. I can’t find just how much more the V8 cost than the six, but it was probably a similar amount. But as I said, even if it cost the same, the six was inherently cheaper to run.

The other thing that’s a bit odd is that in 17 comments left there, only one questioned them being two-doors. And the site owner responded with [Tudors cheaper than Fordors. – Dave]. Doh!

At least one commenter had something useful to add: that the dealership was Hardaway Motor Company at 1541 1st Avenue, Columbus, Georgia.

In Mexico City, VW Beetles were the most common cabs for many years, but they all had no front passenger-side seat, so entry and exit was relatively easy.

Have you ever seen a two-door cab, other than the Mexican Beetles?