Checker’s new twist
Checker Motor Cars has announced that it will make new models in 2018 – the first time since 1982.
The name behind the iconic Checker Marathon, also known as the New York taxicab, will start manufacturing new cars, thanks to the American Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturer’s Act of 2015. This makes it much easier for small car companies to make fewer than 500 cars a year – as long as those cars are some sort of replica of a previous model. DeLorean recently announced that it will start making cars again thanks to the same act.
Checker has no plans to bring back the four-door taxicab, but will be making a six-door limousine and a pick up truck. All new parts will be used, including a chassis, but around 40 per cent of the new parts should work on older classic Checker Marathons.
New Checkers will use General Motors’ V8 engines, and cost $40,000-$50,000. The company is planning to build around 300-500 limos, and a smaller number of pick-ups.
Checker’s digital rendering of how the new pick up will look.