Wednesday, July 15, 2015


The 1947 Checker Model A2



 

Checker rapidly developed a replacement for the Model A, combining the chassis and engine configuration of the original Model A with the Dietrich designed body of the Model D. The resulting vehicle was called the Model A2. The body passenger compartment of the A2 is virtually identical to the Model D, the only difference being the length of the front clip, which was redesign to be configured for a front inline Continental 6-cylinder flathead engine and rear wheel drive configuration of the Model A. The Checker A2 dimensions were consistent with most large US produced automobiles at a total length of 205.5 inches and the wheelbase 124 inches.



 

The Model A2 was developed in less than one year and was introduced to the public on December 15 1946 in Automotive Industries Magazine.  Despite the limited time and fast past development tine Herb Snow was still able to add his patented X-Frame to the new A2 thus continuing to set the bar for purpose built taxis.

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It was a stylish car with pontoon fenders that flowed into the doors, a classic long hood and curvaceous passenger cabin. The body line behind the windshield was comparable with the styling on other classic cars of the period. Missing from the Model A were the driver roof vent, the glass roof and the landaulet opening roof.

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The following year, in August of 1947 Checker introduced another model, the A3. Called a pleasure car, this automobile was Checker’s first official entry into the non-taxi market, a car that could be sold into the “Black Car” limo markets that were growing in most US cities. A deluxe version of the A2, the A3 sported a bench front seat and more chrome The Checker A3 was equipped with a rear trunk. This was the first time Checker had offered a trunk as standard equipment. The A2 did not have a trunk, mainly because many US cities still had laws on the books that prohibited taxis equipped with trunks. Many of these laws dated back to the prohibition era as rumrunners would transport illegal booze out of sight of the police in the trunks of taxicabs.

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.


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