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Getting a mystery cab, in Egypt.

Identifying this car

Let's grab a cab! Normally this refers to a yellow cab in New-York or the famous black ones in London. But what does one take when one is in El Fayum, Egypt? John took this taxi when he was in El Fayum in August 1980. He decided to take a photograph of the car, which reminds him up to the present day of an unforgettable drive. "There was nothing to identify the marque and I believe the engine had been changed to a diesel. In several other small towns, we observed similar vintage vehicles. Does anybody have any idea what make/year this might be? Maximum speed was about 30 km/hr, and on the way back our driver, older than the car by at least 25 years, inexplicably took a shortcut through a field containing the only standing water for miles around, promptly getting stuck fast. We ended up taking a horse-drawn carriage back to our hotel!"

Who can identify this car/taxi and complete the story of this adventure for John?

Photograph by John.


#8 Donald E Risen 2018-01-24 00:59
That's a 1932 Nash.
#7 Robbie Marenzi 2018-01-23 13:41
I think it's a 1932/33 Nash and judging by the length of the bonnet I'd guess it's an eight cylinder model.
#6 Martin Flanagan 2018-01-22 20:29
It sure looks like a 33 Plymouth model PD,which was Plymouths best seller that year.
#5 Oldenboom 2018-01-22 20:03
Likely a 1932 Nash
#4 john elema 2018-01-22 12:44
1933-34 Plymouth or Dodge I think. At least some of it.
#3 Stuart Penketh 2018-01-22 08:39
Looks very much like a '33/34' Plymouth to me !
#2 Mark Dawber 2018-01-22 05:35
Maybe an early 1930s Reo? I recall many years ago - maybe around the time this picture was taken - there was a programme on TV about the taxis in Egypt. Much like the American cars in Cuba they had been much modified to keep them on the road. Often only the body was from the original manufacturer - the running gear was from a later pickup truck or similar.
#1 alan sutton 2018-01-22 00:49
an interesting and lonely looking image and a great story to go with it .
My opinion is this is a slighly modified Auburn 898 Sedan of 1931, bumpers wheels and headlights are non original but I can see what i think is the chrome outline of the distinctive radiator style and low windscreen profile .
The driver has the bonnet open on the manifold exhaust/ carb side i wonder what the diagnosis is !!!!

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