1981 Checker Marathon Taxicab

Summary

Most people think of Checker as an operator of taxicabs, but from 1922 through 1982 they also manufactured cabs. Checkers featured big back seats and trunks and rugged, durable construction. This Checker's basic design dates to 1956 and was substantially unchanged until production ceased in 1982.

Most people think of Checker as an operator of taxicabs, but from 1922 through 1982 they also manufactured cabs. Checkers featured big back seats and trunks and rugged, durable construction. This Checker's basic design dates to 1956 and was substantially unchanged until production ceased in 1982.

Artifact

Taxicab

Date Made

1981

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

90.370.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Twilight Taxi Parts.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Vinyl
Chromium

Color

Yellow
Black (Color)
White (Color)
Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 62.8 in

Width: 76 in

Length: 204.8 in

Inscriptions

Decal on rear bumper: DO NOT TAILGATE Decal on left & right rear windows: THIS TAXI IS EQUIPPED WITH A / LOCKED SAFE BOX / WHICH DRIVER CANNOT OPEN / TAXIMAN IS NOT REQUIRED TO / CHANGE MORE THAN $5.00 Roof light box: OFF / DUTY / 8P96 / OFF / DUTY Painted on center of rear doors: CHECKER / SPECIAL Decal on left & right front doors: RATES / $1.15 FIRST 1/8 MILE / 15c EACH ADDITIONAL 1/8 MILE/ 15c PER MINUTE / TIME NOT IN MOTION / 50c ADDITIONAL NIGHT CHARGE / PER TRIP--8P.M. TO 6 A.M. (image of statue of liberty in background) Decal on inner plex partion: THIS CAR IS / AVAILABLE FOR / OUT-OF-TOWN CALLS Decal on inner plex partion: PASSENGERS ARE / REQUIRED TO PAY ALL / BRIDGE & TUNNEL TOLLS / IN ADVANCE Decal on inner plex partion: PLEASE KEEP FEET / OFF JUMP SEATS On hubcaps: M / C / C / CHECKER On hood ornament: M / C / C / CHECKER

Specifications

Make & Model: 1981 Checker Marathon taxicab

Maker: Checker Motors Corporation, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Engine: V-6, overhead valves, 229 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 63 inches

Width: 76 inches

Wheelbase: 120 inches

Overall length: 205 inches

Weight: 3680 pounds

Horsepower: 110 at 4200 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 33.5

Price: $9,632

Average 1981 wage: $17,197

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 7-1/2 months

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