About Us - Distinctive Carriage

Midnight Blue Taxi

A Midlife Hobby

Distinctive Carriage was formed around the idea of bringing transportation experiences that are a little bit different – elegant but fun, stylish but affordable – to the Southern California wedding, special event or occasion, and corporate branding and event markets. We accomplish this by combining our fleet of vintage English vehicles with the utmost in service. What kind of vehicles? Custom London taxis!

We were borne out of our founder’s childhood fascination with the vehicles that evolved into a midlife collector hobby. Seeing the smiles his cars evoked from total strangers, he decided to start a boutique, niche London taxi transportation business in SoCal. Distinctive Carriage is the result.

Purist collectors seek to preserve the original state of their vehicles. Our goal is different. We’ve sought to retain the taxis’ vintage look on the outside but bring luxury and comfort to the inside, to enhance the passenger experience. That’s why our cars still mostly look like classic London taxis but sport more stylish colors and significant interior upgrades including custom upholstery, woodwork, air conditioning, and other amenities.

Our Strategic Partners

Distinctive Carriage has developed key partnerships to ensure the highest level of service is provided to our customers. First, we never want to have the situation where a booking cannot be fulfilled because of unforeseen driver circumstances. To that end, we work hand-in-hand with Personal Driving Services, a tier one provider of professional chauffeurs. Through this relationship we are guaranteed to have an ample supply of drivers at the ready.

Next, every booking is covered with commercial insurance courtesy of Hagerty’s DriveShare program. Classic car enthusiasts will recognize the Hagerty name as the premiere provider of classic and vintage car insurance here in the US. Through the company’s DriveShare program, Distinctive Carriage secures commercial insurance on a per-booking basis. This keeps our costs down, which allows us to offer our services at affordable prices.

What does this mean for you? Two things:

 

You never have to worry about “what if my driver can’t make it?”

Your use of the vehicle is covered under the best insurance available

There are multiple ways you can start the process:

  • Call us directly at (805) 419-9883
  • Create an account at Personal Driving Services and send a booking request, or call them at (844) 496-8737, extension 2.
  • Create an account at DriveShare by Hagerty, Once you’ve done this, go to the DriveShare Home page, and then type London in the “Make” section of the search box and click Search. Our cars will be shown, and once you select the vehicle you’re interested in, click Contact Owner.

Let’s get started with bringing your vision to life.

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