Sunday, July 5, 2015


Post War Checker Spotters Guide

 




 
1947-1949 Model A2
Introduced in the fall of 1947 the design would serve Checker until December of 1954.  Styled by Raymond Dietrich the Checker has many styling features similar to Chrysler and General Motors vehicles of the day. Easy identifiers:



       Flat bumpers with art deco bumper guards

       60 box egg crate grille

       Chrome strip around the greenhouse

       Contoured rocker panels.

The pontoon fenders that wrap into the doors are a styling feature consistent with many high end cars of the day such as Cadillac’s or Lincolns

 


Model A4 1950-1952

Introduced in the fall of 1949 the design was a continuation of the Model A2.  That said, there were significant changes made warranting a model change. Easy identifiers:

       Massive wrap around bumpers similar to the 40’s era Cadillac

       40 box egg crate grille

       Increased windshield size

       Beltline lowered on doors to increase the size of the side windows

       Modified rear fender wheel opening3 with chrome fender guard

       Chrome around the greenhouse eliminate

       Contoured rocker panels removed, new flat rocker with a thick chrome strip.

 


1953-1954 Model A6

Introduced in the fall of 1952 the design was a continuation of the Model A4.  That said, there were significant changes made warranting a model change. Easy identifiers:

       Vertical 40 box egg crate grille eliminated in place a five horizontal bars

       Rear roof section increased in height in order to improve passenger headroom

 


Model A8 1956-1957

Introduced in the fall of 1955 this design is a major departure from Checker styling of the past. The boxy design utilized a slab slide styling similar of the 1949 Ford. The front grille has a hint of Packard horse collar grille. Many exterior parts are from the parts bin of other car makers Easy identifiers:

       Single headlights housed in Willys bezels

       Parking lights supplied by the Kaiser Henry J

       Tail lights supplied by the 1954 Pontiac Station Wagon

       Model A4 and A6 hood ornament

       Unique body lines in the hood

       Chrome strips on the top of the door line

 

 

1959-1961 Checker Model A9

Introduced in the fall of 1958 this design is a major modification of the Model A8 Despite popular belief this Checker does not share any exterior body panels with the Model A8. Biggest change: a flatter roof and larger rear window openings. Easy identifiers:

       Dual Headlights

       New hood, fenders and rocker panels with sculpted body line

       Egg crate grille

       Parking lights housed in starburst grille section

       Model A4 and A6 hood ornament eliminated

       Chrome strips on the top of the door line eliminated

       New Checker hood emblem

 


1959-1962 Superba Model A10

Introduced in the summer of 1959 this design is essentially a A9 built for the consumer market. Differences between the A9 is purely exterior paint scheme and interior trim.

 


1961-1962 Model Marathon A10

Introduced for1961 this design is essentially an A9 built for the consumer market.  It also represents a higher end version of the Checker.  Differences between the A9 and Superba A10 is the chrome strip that runs from the fender thru the doors.  The Marathon offered higher end interior trim and a Marathon only dash board.


1962-1967 Checker Model A12 Marathon

Only a well trained eye can see the difference made in 1962:

       Parking lights moved to the outboard fenders

       The front splash pan was eliminated

       Bumpers were raised up and fenders were altered accordingly

       The bumper now as a dip at the center to house a license plate.

       Door seam between front and rear doors eliminated

 



1967-1972 Checker Model A12 Marathon

Only a well trained eye can see the difference made in 1967:

       Front and Rear windshields were increased in size to improve visibility

       Side marker lights were added in 1969

 



1973 Checker Model A12 Marathon

Two major changes

       Federally mandated hydraulic bumpers note the extension forward by about 6 inches

       Parking lights upgraded

 
 




1974-1982 Checker Model A12 Marathon

Two major changes

       Massive Aluminum bumpers

       Varying option on chrome or silver painted exterior parts (grille and tail light doors)

 



1974-1982 Checker Model A12 Marathon Winkoff Customs

These were not official models offered by Checker.  Winkoff customs were produced by the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Winkoff Checker dealership. Most models were highly customized stripped down Checker A11 Taxicabs. Typical accessories added:

       Wire Wheel covers

       Padded vinyl roofs

       Two tone paint jobs

       Leather interiors

       Rubber chrome strips

       Painted bumpers

       Oval Opera Windows

       Varying option on chrome or silver painted exterior parts (grille and tail light doors)

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