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YAK Car Pic of the Day

Checker Marathon (ca.1968-72), Welland, Ontario

Odds are, if you were alive prior to the 1980s and in a big city, you probably rode in one of these at least once. This Checker Marathon cab, circa 1968-1972, was seen on a roadside in Welland, Ontario during a recent YAK drive. Looks like it’s still registered and on the road, although I doubt that it’s still a taxi. And just how was I able to narrow down the year of this car, one which barely changed from its inception in 1961 up to its demise in 1982? The side-marker lights were added for 1968, while the final year for these “smallish” bumpers was 1972; the fronts were made to absorb more impact for 1973, and in 1974 both the front and rear bumpers were replaced by what looked like sections of roadside guardrail. YUK!

1976 – bumpers meant for bumping

again, 1976 – they weren’t all cabs








Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max Planck

    Virtually indestructible and indefatigable machines. Recently, I watched the movie, “Blue Collar” with Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Khotto. The movie’s about the struggles of late 1970’s Detroit  autoworkers but the factory scenes were actually shot in the Checker Motors plant in Indiana, I believe and think that plant ceased production several years after.

    • Max, Checkers were the pride of Kalamazoo, Michigan.