Checker Motors Corporation was a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer and tier-one subcontractor that manufactured taxicabs used by Checker Taxi. Checker Motors Corporation was established by Morris Markin in 1922 through a merger of Commonwealth Motors and Markin Automobile Body.
Checker made the iconic American taxi cab, valued by taxicab companies for its durability in heavy use. Special features included wide rear doors, large rear seats and trunks. The company had trouble competing with fleet discounts offered by the larger manufacturers, as well as economies of scale in procuring components. The final models were produced in 1982.
On January 16, 2009, the company filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The 1935 Checker Model Y featured attractive front end styling that could have been influenced by the Cord 810/812, or the 1933-34 Ford V8. The Y model continued in production until 1938. For 1939, Checker introduced a brand new model, the Model A. From that time, all future Checkers would carry the "A" designation, usually with a number.
Checker a series (1950-1982)
Checker Superba (1961-1963)
The Checker Superba was an automobile produced by Checker Motors Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, between 1961 and 1963. The Superba used the Checker taxi cab bodies and were produced in two trim lines, standard and Custom, both in two body styles, a four-door sedan and a five-door station wagon.
On the exterior of the Superba, the grille was composed of an arched center
section, flanked two-chrome wings; engine compartment ventilation was through 24
rectangular sections located in the center of the grille. Parking lights were
placed on two solid panels flanking the ventilation spaces and housed in round
Checker Marathon (1961-1982)
The Marathon was introduced in September 1960 for the 1961 model year, alongside, and later superseding, the Checker Superba Custom and differing from the Superba with its better interior appointments. Originally, it retained the Superba's A10 body code, whereas A9 was the code used for taxis.
When the Checker Marathon was introduced in 1961, it was given its own unique
full-width egg-crate grille.
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