This 1955 Chevrolet Tri-Five Is the World's Fastest and Most Sinister Taxi

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Photo: National No Prep Racing Association/YouTube
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In this day and age, flagging a yellow cab from the sidewalk is rather antiquated. Now it's all about apps and services like Uber and Lyft. Sure, yellow cabs still exist, but I haven't been in the back seat of one for years. That might not change anytime soon, but here's a taxi I'd jump into in a heartbeat.
The sinister yellow taxi you're about to see below goes by the name "Killer Cab" and it's not a regular people hauler. The butchered 1955 Chevrolet Tri-Five is a full-blown dragster that's been terrorizing drag strips for quite a few years now. It packs a procharged V8 setup and usually races at No Prep events.

Driven by Russell Stone, "Killer Cab" is a regular in the big tire class, but here we can see it competing in a small tire event. No matter the setup, this thing is impressively fast.

There's no word on output, but we're probably looking at way more than 1,500 horsepower, a figure that would explain the Tri-Five's ability to launch like a slingshot and run the 1/8-mile in five seconds or less. The footage shows "Killer Cab" winning four races in a row, all while running similar ETs. Not only quick, but this thing is also reliable.

Performance-aside, "Killer Cab" is quite the looker too thanks to a livery that combines the look of a barn-found classic with a Halloween-inspired theme. It's basically a yellow cab with a nicely done patina job that includes both rust and red paint for blood. It's like Stephen King's "Christine" decided to get a second job as a yellow cab.

Now that's a scary thought and a good idea for a sequel, but this taxi is only out for dragster blood at the drag strip. Check it out in the video below.

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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