Checker’s new twist

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - ❚ www.check­er­mo­tor­

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.

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