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Carbodies is a British company based in Holyhead Road, Coventry, that started as a coachbuilder but is now best known for its taxicab production business. Typical companies supplied were Alvis Cars, Austin Motor Company, Ford of Britain, the Rootes Group and MG.

Company history

Alvis TA 14 drophead coupé
by Carbodies Limited 1947

The company was founded in 1919 when Robert Jones bought the vehicle body making business from Gooderham. Rather than make bespoke bodies to individual designs, Carbodies set out to produce production runs of coachwork for makers that did not have their own bodyshops or were short of capacity.

During World War 2 the company made bodies for military vehicles and aircraft components.

After the war Carbodies got a major contract from the Austin Motor Company to make taxi bodies as well as work from Ford, making the bodies for the convertible Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac. MG remained a major customer, along with other BMC marques.

Carbodies also supplied many prototype bodies for major manufacturers and tooling, projects including the Jaguar E-type bonnet.

In 1954 Robert Jones sold the company to the BSA group and in 1973 BSA was taken over by Manganese Bronze. The Manganese Bronze company became LTI Ltd, an abbreviation of London Taxis International in ?. From 2011 the company is now called LTC....The London Taxi Company.[citation (source) needed]


Carbodies Ford Convertibles

Other vehicles using Carbodies body shell

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