Sorting through my hard drives. Don't think I posted these, along with hundreds more pictures too.
Anyway on this day back when I had a Crown Victoria (Crown Victoria nerds/geeks/gearheads/petrolheads may see the pics below) I stopped by this elite car dealership. It was a slow day and I noticed these brand new vans were parked outside see below ->>
These vans are specially made for wheelchair users. They are also very unique as they are they're own car company. These cars aren't Ford, they aren't Chevy. They aren't Dodge, but they are an American company, and they are built in America.
The engine inside is a Ford V-8 I believe, and it uses a standard old fashioned heavy-duty truck like body on frame construction. So the engine and the construction and durability of the vehicle are similar to the old Ford Crown Victoria.
For the van's passenger room, and built to purpose design, it is an approved for use vehicle for New York City taxicabs. One owner/driver has already purchased one, but it seems nobody else has followed suit. We have a limited amount of time to get a large variety of vehicles hacked up for use as a New York taxicab. Once the Nissan NV200 becomes available to the U.S. market, we won't have a choice anymore, and slowly over the course of the next 3 years, every taxicab will become a nissan van. I'm not sure if these vans are an exception to that rule, due to their ability to serve wheelchair customers.
You'll notice that these cars look like an American take on the famous London taxicab, I do not think that is a mere coincidence. The taxicab market is huge, if you can gain a reputation as the superior car for such a trade, you can make a ton of money.
However, the car is expensive, at a cost of around $50,000. Currently a Ford Focus C-Max Hybrid is also approved as a taxicab, and that vehicle comparatively costs under $30,000. also, the C-max gets 3x better fuel economy..
It's no wonder there is only one of these vehicles in use as a taxicab here. But hey, if you really want to lose money, this was also for sale at the dealership ->
Ooooh La la.
And there was my cab, parked across the street. At the time it had 30,000 miles, or maybe 60,000, which meant it still had that new car smell. And it also had a leaky windshield, and some previous damage to the frame, so it didn't turn quite right.
And here was a nice combination of shapes and light, near the Jacob Javits Convention Center, in the northern part of Chelsea.