Follow that Cab!
These American Icons are coming to Hershey!
Date: June 25, 2016
Time: Noon – 4:00 PM
Instantly recognized and dearly loved around the world, the Checker Taxi has earned a permanent place in American culture. Over 30 years after the last Checker rolled off the line in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Checker is still embraced as the quintessential taxicab.
Now those taxis, and the other instantly-familiar models from the Checker Motor Company (1922-1982) are coming to the AACA Museum!
Join the Checker Car Club of America for a free car corral, right here on the grounds of the AACA Museum. Saturday, June 25, 2016, from noon to 4pm, Checker club members will have their cars out on display. More than 20 cars are expected for this event. Checker owners have a real “hands-on” car club. They feel that their cars were made to be driven hard, and so they’d love to show you around, let you have a seat, or maybe even a ride. If you’d like to get up close and personal with a real American workhorse, make a day of it at the AACA Museum. We’ll hail you a cab!
Did you know that people could special-order a car from Checker? From the 1960s forward, Checker made more focused run at the regular car market with their non-taxi models:
Superba – a “bare bones” passenger car without a taxi meter and light
Marathon – the next generation Superba with nicer appointments
Aerobus – a 6 or 8-door limousine, popular at hotels and airports for shuttle service
Medicar – a Marathon with a higher roof for wheelchairs
Throughout it’s 60 year history, Checker produced 25 major models as a taxi and car manufacturer. Eventually, relaxed taxi company regulatins and the inability to change the body style led to the demise of Checker cars and cabs.