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1988 Williams " Taxi " pinball machine -GREAT condition

1988 Williams " Taxi " pinball machine -GREAT condition

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1988 Williams " Taxi " pinball machine -GREAT condition

GREAT condition

*  Playfield is in PERFECT condition...
New Outside Edge Hardtop playfield overlay installed. This makes the playfield look and play like brand new.
All posts and metal playfield parts tumbled or buffed.
  LEDs installed throughout except for flashers.
  Flippers entirely rebuilt.
*   Pop bumpers entirely rebuilt.

*  Backglass is in good condition.
*  This classic solid state pinball works 100% and has been tested working fully for over 60 games.
*  Pinball is complete and has all parts.
*  Comes with copy of original owner's/operator's manual.
*  Both locks are present, and keys to locks included.

Pictures of machine are ACTUAL pictures of the game being sold.

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Taxi / IPD No. 2505 / August, 1988 / 4 Players

Average Fun Rating: [ 8 stars - Click for comments ]    8.0/10  (137 ratings/95 comments)        [ Add Your Rating! ]
Manufacturer: Williams Electronics Games, Incorporated, a subsidiary of WMS Ind.,
Incorporated (1985-1999) [Trade Name: Williams]
Date Of Manufacture: August, 1988
Model Number: 553
MPU: Williams System 11B
Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) [?]
Production: 7,303 units   (confirmed)
Serial Number Database: View at The Internet Pinball Serial Number Database (  (External site)
Theme: Automobiles - Transportation
Notable Features: Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Kick-out holes (2), 3-bank drop targets (2), Standup target (1). A left-side catapult propels the ball airborne into a habitrail. A plunger lane skill shot shoots the ball into the "Spin-Out" whirlpool to score up to 100,000 points.

First Williams game to display four player scores using only two alpha-numeric 16 character displays.
Concept by: Python Anghelo, Mark Ritchie
Design by: Mark Ritchie
Art by: Python Anghelo
Mechanics by: Craig Fitpold, Tony Kraemer, Mark Kim
Music by: Chris Granner
Sound by: Chris Granner
Software by: Ed Boon
Notes: The first games in production were made with a blonde 'Marilyn' taxi passenger, a likeness of Marilyn Monroe. This was changed during production to be a darker-haired 'Lola', ostensibly a likeness of no one famous.

We asked Roger Sharpe about the reason for this change. He replies:

Suffice it to say that we did have some limited run of machines featuring a 'blonde Marilyn' — and I don’t know if these were for international only. However, we were informed that there were rights that needed to be secured in order to use Marilyn and the decision was made to just alter the artwork so that the female character was renamed ‘Lola’ for the main production run. If memory serves, and I can’t say with certainty—there might be games that were manufactured with a brunette Lola and then a redheaded Lola.

The changes needed to introduce 'Lola' include backglass art, playfield art, game software, and instruction card.

According to Mark Ritchie, as explained in the book The Pinball Compendium 1982 to Present, at least 200 sample games were in the process of being shipped with 'Marilyn' before the change had to be made. He also explained the name 'Lola' was taken from a 1970s song about a transvestite, chosen to befit her muscular arms as depicted on the backglass.

Marilyn's face appears twice on the playfield: directly below the center drop target bank and also as an illuminating insert further down. We have seen one instance of the Lola playfield where she was still blonde near the drop targets but was a brunette in the insert. We don't know how many playfields were made this way.
Marketing Slogans: "The one taxi Marilyn, Gorbie, Santa, Dracula... and Operators Everywhere are Hailing!"
"The one taxi Lola, Gorbie, Santa, Dracula... and Operators Everywhere are Hailing!"
"Get ready for the taxi everyone's going to be lining up for!"
Photos in: Chicago Tribune December 31, 1989, pp. Sect. 10, p. 14-19.
Newsweek 112, December 5, 1988, pp. 76+.
Pinball Art, page 100 (Lola)
Pinball Trader, Vol 3 No. 1, Sept-Oct 1988, page 31 (Marilyn)
The Complete Pinball Book, pages 180, 181, and 234 (Marilyn)
Pinball Machines, page 131 (Marilyn)
Arcade Treasures, page 125 (Marilyn)
The Pinball Compendium 1982 to Present, page 102 (Marilyn, Lola)
Mike Pacak's Pinball Flyer Reference Book S-Z (Marilyn, Lola)
Rule Sheets: Taxi Rulesheet, by Mark Valentine  
Owners List URL:  (External site)
Easter Eggs: Available at Cows and Easter Eggs  (External site)
ROMs: 179 KB  ZIP  Game ROM L-3 (Marilyn) [Williams Electronic Games]
  179 KB  ZIP  Game ROM L-4 (Lola) [Williams Electronic Games]
  79 KB  ZIP  PinMAME Romset (L-1) Germany  
  67 KB  ZIP  PinMAME Romset (L-3)  
  176 KB  ZIP  PinMAME Romset (L-4)  
Documentation: 45 KB  PDF  Cover Letter to Operator for Preliminary Operations Manual (August 1988) [Williams Electronic Games, Inc.]
  4 MB  PDF  English Operations Manual (September 1988, page 8 is illegible) [Williams Electronic Games]
  353 KB  PDF  Preliminary Operations Manual (August 1988, no schematics) [Williams Electronic Games, Inc.]
  1 MB  PDF  Reference Diagrams and Schematics (paginated) [Williams Electronic Games]
Service Bulletins: 1 MB  PDF  Service Bulletin Book 1989 (includes Taxi SS54, SS55) [Williams/Bally/Midway]
Files: 49 KB  TIF  Instruction Card  
  22 KB  PDF  Reproduction Instruction Card (Lola) [Per Martinson]
  96 KB  PDF  Reproduction Instruction Card (Marilyn) [Per Martinson]
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Image # 2400: Taxi Backglass

Image # 2401: Taxi Playfield

[Russ Jensen]
Image # 4562: Taxi Flyer, Front
Flyer, Front

Image # 4563: Taxi Flyer, Back
Flyer, Back

Image # 5084: Taxi Flyer (with Marilyn)
Flyer (with Marilyn)

Image # 5085: Taxi Flyer (with Lola)
Flyer (with Lola)

Image # 14559: Taxi Popbumpers & Upper Playfield
Popbumpers & Upper Playfield

[Chris Bucci]
Image # 14560: Taxi Lower Playfield
Lower Playfield

[Chris Bucci]
Image # 14561: Taxi Right Playfield
Right Playfield

[Chris Bucci]
Image # 15970: Taxi Backglass - Lola
Backglass - Lola

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 15971: Taxi Backglass - Lola
Backglass - Lola

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 15972: Taxi Upper Playfield
Upper Playfield

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 15973: Taxi Lower Playfield
Lower Playfield

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 15975: Taxi Cabinet - Left
Cabinet - Left

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 15976: Taxi Backbox - Left
Backbox - Left

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 15977: Taxi Front

[Marty Wilke]
Image # 26283: Taxi Under Playfield
Under Playfield

[John Gray]
Image # 26284: Taxi Behind Backglass
Behind Backglass

[John Gray]
Image # 26285: Taxi Inside Backbox
Inside Backbox

[John Gray]
Image # 30552: Taxi Backbox - Right
Backbox - Right

[John Gray]
Image # 30553: Taxi Instruction Card
Instruction Card

[John Gray]
Image # 34992: Taxi Illuminated Backglass (Lola)
Illuminated Backglass (Lola)

[Phil Hauser]
Image # 35284: Taxi Translite

[Philippe Thibault]
Image # 40434: Taxi Playfield

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40493: Taxi Passengers - Marilyn
Passengers - Marilyn

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40504: Taxi Cabinet Front - Coined for British Money
Cabinet Front - Coined for British Money

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40552: Taxi Upper Playfield
Upper Playfield

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40553: Taxi Middle Playfield
Middle Playfield

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40556: Taxi Lower Playfield
Lower Playfield

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40586: Taxi Passenger Drac
Passenger Drac

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40666: Taxi Passenger Gorbie
Passenger Gorbie

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40667: Taxi Passenger Santa Claus
Passenger Santa Claus

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40668: Taxi Passenger PinBot
Passenger PinBot

[Mike Ives]
Image # 40669: Taxi Passenger Marilyn
Passenger Marilyn

[Mike Ives]
Image # 54841: Taxi Cabinet - Front View
Cabinet - Front View

[Jean-Pierre Renault]
Image # 66563: Taxi Cabinet - Front View
Cabinet - Front View

[Jean-Pierre Renault]

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