The Checker Marathon is a classic car developed by Checker Motors Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Checker Motors Corporation was a vehicle manufacturer and tier-one subcontractor that manufactured taxis used by Checker Taxi.
Morris Markin established Checker Motors Corporation in 1922 through a merger of Commonwealth Motors and Markin Automobile Body.
Checker was the company known for providing automobiles for American Taxis.
Checker Marathons were produces in both four-door sedan and four-door station wagon forms.
There was also the very rare eight-door and twelve seater “Aerobus” wagon, now as we would refer to a “maxi-taxi”.
The Checker Marathon was introduced in September 1960 for the 1961 model year.
This vehicle was a marketed passenger car for all consumers, as opposed to the similar Taxi, which was aimed at fleet buyers.
In 1982, the final Checker Marathon was manufactured when Checker Motors exited the automobile manufacturing industry.
Leaving behind a gracious history of wonderful automobiles, which then continued to be in operation for an additional 27 years producing body stampings for companies like General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.
Not only were Checker Marathons known to be passenger cars, but the police department also bought many vehicles most notably in Kalamazoo.