Hershey, PA (May 11, 2016). 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. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum is excited to welcome the Checker Car Club for a showing of their cars on Saturday, June 25th.
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. 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.
Checker produced 25 major models over its 60 year run as a taxi and car manufacturer. Today, the vast majority of Checkers that you might sight at a local car show were typically made after 1956. People could always special-order a car from Checker, but their primary market was the livery business. From the 1960s forward, Checker made a more focused run at regular car manufacturing for a private customer base. During this time, their non-taxi models were:
Superba – a “bare-bones” passenger car without a taxi meter and light
Marathon – the next generation Superba with nicer appointments
Aerobus – a 6-8 door limousine, popular at hotels and airports for shuttle service
Medicar – a Marathon with a higher roof for wheelchairs
Checkers were made to be run. Hard. What made them so popular in the taxi business was their easy to replace body construction and their durable motors. Eventually, relaxed taxi company regulations and the inability to change the body style led to the demise of Checker cars and cabs. The company continued to stamp parts for other automakers until 2009.
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!
About the Checker Car Club
The Checker Car Club of America was organized in April 1982 for the preservation, enjoyment and sharing of information on Checker automobiles manufactured from 1922-1982. Our slogan, “A Checker Owner Is Never Alone,” is taken seriously by our 400+ members who are scattered all over the world.