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Checker Marathon - 1961-1982
They are now just a fading memory, but a generation of bulky, upright checker taxicabs once roamed the streets of american cities before giving way to less sturdy but more fuel-efficient sedans. Each year, checker also made several hundred to 1,000 practically identical passenger cars.
Top speed of 80 mph (six cylinders)
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, in-line 6-cylinder and v8
displacement 226-350 cu. In. (3.7-5.7 l) power rating 122-300 hp
transmission 3-speed manual or 2- or 3-speed automatic
chassis: Independent front coil-spring suspension; Drum brakes through 1972, disc brakes after; 3,774-4,137 lbs. In 1975
price: $5,394-$6,2l6 in 1975
The first private cars
located in kalamazoo, michigan, checker began making taxicabs in 1923. For i960 the company introduced its first passenger cars, the short-lived superba sedan and station wagon, built on a 120-in. Wheelbase. The next year, the marathon series almost the same except for a chrome side spear and different grille treatment made its debut. The station wagon and a sedan and limousine were dropped after 1974.
built to last
the chief advantage of the appropriately named marathon was its durability: 300,000 miles of service was not unusual. The sedans interior was not especially spacious, but its height of 63 in. Would have delighted max headroom. The original continental six-cylinder engine was replaced after 1964 by a chevrolet six, with
chevy v8s optional. Automatic transmission became standard for 1972. Power disc brakes and power steering began with 1973 models.
The checker marathon four-door sedan was the private-car version of this taxicab style.
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