Sat 4 Feb, 2012 11:51 am
Why did London's taxicabs have high roofs?
If you ever been to London, or if you've seen a movie that was set there, you might remember the iconic black taxicabs that are ubiquitous in that city; the high roofs set them apart from other vehicles on the streets.
The headroom offered did once serve a purpose. When the cars were originally designed, top hats were still de rigueur for a properly dressed gentleman, and the high roofs allowed a man so attired to enter and leave the vehicle without knocking off his hat.
For the same reason, in America, early Fords had hi roofs.