New York had the coolest taxis. Built from the late ’50s until the early ’80s, the Checker A9-A12 was as synonymous with NYC as the Black Cab was with London. However with awful air quality both cities have since replaced their taxi fleets with standard passenger hybrids like the Toyota Prius, which are far less polluting, but far less soulful too. It makes us think that perhaps their could be a market for retro-fitting an EV powertrain to a classic cab – we’d be the first to hail a ride. Until then we’ll look wistfully at this beautiful classic Checker cab by regular bloggee Ralph Savelsberg, and try to forget what would be coming out of the tailpipe…
This hovering Checker taxi was found by one of our Elves today, who – after watching two compatriots munching on yellow Smarties (they’re the best kind) yesterday – is now happily eating a yellow candy reward. It has Eric Teo of Flickr to thank, who has simultaneously gone retro and sci-fi with his flying classic cab. Click the link above to hail a hovercab.
One of the greatest movies of all time – Martin Scorsese’s 1976 ‘Taxi Driver’ – created two very different but equally brilliant stars in Robert De Niro and a very young Jodie Foster. There was another star of course; the bright yellow Checker Marathon cab driven by De Niro’s Travis Bickle. Already world famous, the Checker didn’t need the movie to earn its notoriety, but it did probably become much cooler as a result. This perfect replica of the iconic classic cab comes from TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and you can see more here.
Previous bloggee Aitor Fernandez is making another appearance here with another excellent Town scale car. This one’s a classic Checker Cab and you can see more on MOCpages. Plus points if you can identify the set that the trunk-lid sticker came from!
We’ve known Bricksonwheels for a while now, he was interviewed here on TLCB last week, and several of his models have appeared on these pages. So the Elves were pretty excited when he uploaded his latest masterpiece, a truly incredible 1:13 scale Peterbilt 379 Century Rotator Wrecker, a Tow Truck that looks more like the real Peterbilt than a Lego one
Weighing 9KG and utilising over 10,000 LEGO pieces BricksonWheels’ newest truck includes a fully functioning boom, working outriggers and fully wired winches. It’s also got possibly the coolest paint-job seen on any of his models so far, making it look like a giant Checker Cab. Check out what might be TLCB’s Truck of the Year on MOCpages and Flickr, where the full stats and complete gallery are available.
A trembling elf returned to The Lego Car Blog Towers holding on to Misterzumbi‘s recreation of the iconic character, and cab, from Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece ‘Taxi Driver’.
The little chap has certainly expanded his vocabulary since watching the film. None of his new found words are printable here.