Tuesday, July 21, 2015


 
1962 Checker Model A12 

 
 
Introduced for 1962 this design is essentially an A11 built for the consumer market.  It also represents a higher end version of the Checker Superba.  Differences between the A10 and Superba are the chrome strip that runs from front of the fender thru the doors.  The Marathon offered higher end interior trim and a Marathon only dash board.

This model was produced until the end of production in 1982.  Various minor changes were made but in essence this is the final incarnation of the Checker

Only a well trained eye can see the difference made in 1962 a year after the 1961 introduction.


      Parking lights moved to the outboard fenders

      The front splash pan was eliminated

      Rear wheel openings were enlarged to the fender body line

      Bumpers were raised up and fenders were altered accordingly

      Additionally the bumpers now as a dip at the center to house a license plate.

      Door seam between front and rear doors eliminated

 



In 1964 Checker no longer offered the Continental six engine and the majority of power plants options were GM Chevrolet based offerings.  Later in the decade a diesel Perkins engine option was offered for 1968 and 1969. 

1967 saw the increase in both windshield and rear window openings to improved visibility




1969 saw the introduction of the side marker lights required by federal law to improve side visibility at night



In 1973 new federally mandated hydraulic bumpers were added to the Marathon.  The new bumpers were essentially the 1962 chrome metal bumpers mated to shock absorbers. Somewhat awkard the extension forward left a visible gap below the front wheel opening and required a new longer splash pan.  Parking lights were also increased in size.




In 1974 the purpose built taxicab received purpose built bumpers that were meant for the rough and tumble taxicab business.  To many the new non chrome plated aluminum bumpers took away some of the charm of the Marathon and projected a more industrial appearance.




This model was produced until the end of production in 1982.  Various minor changes were made but in essence this is the final incarnation of the Checker automobile.  The A12 spanned a 20 year cycle 1962 to 1982.

 

 

Specifications 1962

Shipping Weight 3410 LBS

Wheelbase 120 Inches

Overall Length 199.5

Front Track 60 Inches

Rear Tread 62.5 Inches

Production Estimates source: Standard Catalogs of Independents, Krause Publications

1962 1230

1963 1030

1964 960

1965 930

1966 1056

1967 950

1968 992

1969 760

1970 397

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