Again I must remind you if you don't know already, that the NYC taxi wasn't always yellow. Each cab company would choose their paint scheme. The yellow dominance was introduced by John D. Hertz, a national taxi company owner (Yellow Cab Co.), and later of rental car company fame. He believed that yellow was the most noticeable color.
By the way I just saw my first Chevrolet Malibu hybrid taxi yesterday, I think it was owned by a fleet, so there should be a handful of them within the year.
Nothing says, I live in the era when everything
Everything about this car is genuine. the red number 83 indicates this as the 83rd car of a particular taxi company. The taxi fare decal on the front doors and even the medallion number on the roof-light are very accurate.
57' Dodge Coronet
"The Best of Everything"
77' Dodge Coronet
"Murder She Wrote"
Could this be the ugliest car ever made?
"North By Northwest"
80' Chevy Impala
In the early 80's the Impala and the Caprice were virtually the same.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Note the green and yellow colors, beautiful.
I wonder if cabs ever had white wall tires?
36' Buick Special
This roof sign seems very accurate. I don't think any taxi was satisfied with a simple "Taxi" sign. I wish more movies would get this right.
36' Cord 810 Westchester
This car is amazing! Pop up headlights inside the wheel well?!!! How cool is that!!!!!??? Again the roof-light is very comparable to the DeSoto Skyview taxis, very historically acute.
Right when aviation was getting started, everyone wanted to be a pilot. That dash makes the driver feel as though he were flying. I wouldn't be surprised if it had an altimeter.
But my main question is: Was this ever really a taxicab?
The Skyview was aptly named for a glass roof in the back. Both the glass roof, and the ample room in the back made it the most desirable cab.
Location: Washington Square Park. that's right, 5th Avenue went right through the arch and around the fountain.