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Old 03-10-2018, 05:25 PM   #1
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:07 PM   #2
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Always interesting to see clips like this. It's amazing how relatively few FORDS you see in the overall traffic count. Anyone have a clue as to why all of that particular brand of taxi cabs had their front fenders so radically trimmed-back? Anyone know what brand of cars they were? Sure is an unfamiliar grill/hood configuration. DD
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:32 PM   #3
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pretty cool! those cabs are something i never saw before
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Always interesting to see clips like this. It's amazing how relatively few FORDS you see in the overall traffic count. Anyone have a clue as to why all of that particular brand of taxi cabs had their front fenders so radically trimmed-back? Anyone know what brand of cars they were? Sure is an unfamiliar grill/hood configuration. DD
No real answers, but I've got a couple ideas...
First, NYC was most definitely NOT Ford Country in 1945! No love lost there!
About the taxi cabs, maybe a brilliant idea on how to repair front end damage on the cheap, and attain a brand recognition in the bargain!
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:35 PM   #5
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No real answers, but I've got a couple ideas...
First, NYC was most definitely NOT Ford Country in 1945! No love lost there!
About the taxi cabs, maybe a brilliant idea on how to repair front end damage on the cheap, and attain a brand recognition in the bargain!
Some good thoughts there, Alan. DD
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Always interesting to see clips like this. It's amazing how relatively few FORDS you see in the overall traffic count. Anyone have a clue as to why all of that particular brand of taxi cabs had their front fenders so radically trimmed-back? Anyone know what brand of cars they were? Sure is an unfamiliar grill/hood configuration. DD
The ones with the goofy lights and front ends are Checker model A's.
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Great info, 38bill! I had never heard of them before! Most of the others are Chrysler corp taxis. I think Desotos were very popular. There is a 42 Desoto with hidden headlights about half way through.

http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_83252-C...el-A-1940.html
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A lot of Jay Walkers taking their life in their hands. Especially dodging those trimmed fenders.
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4AFEC23A-5FAD-4CAB-957D-751A624BA1EC.jpg correct on Checker M-A
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Packard taxies, lack of open cars, coupes and few station wagons.
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Packard taxies, lack of open cars, coupes and few station wagons.

There were a FEW white wall tires in the mix. DD
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What amazes me is that this is only 1945 yet any vehicle pre 1930 seems to have already disappeared from the cities roads (except the horse and cart).

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Seems like half the cars were taxi's!
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Seems like half the cars were taxi's!
That's pretty much the same way it is today in Deblazioville. DD
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Seems like half the cars were taxi's!
They still are!
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Wikipedia says that there is only one surviving Checker Model A! Wow! No wonder few of us had any idea what they were.
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What amazes me is that this is only 1945 yet any vehicle pre 1930 seems to have already disappeared from the cities roads (except the horse and cart).

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Gosh, the policeman directing traffic must have had eyes in the back of his head.
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Ford was busy with the War making no cars. I don't know about Chrysler, Packard and Studebaker.
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Ford was busy with the War making no cars. I don't know about Chrysler, Packard and Studebaker.
Packard and Studebaker were building aircraft engines...Packard building Merlin's, and Studebaker building Pratt & Whitney's. DD
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