Rare car that needs restoration!
THE GOOD: Low mileage (76K), two-owner car. I still have the first owner’s log books and paperwork from the 1960s. Car is very original, no modifications. Interior is excellent! No rips, splits or stains on upholstery; door panels look great. Back seat has spent much of its life folded down and looks almost new. All glass good. Side trim is perfect. Vintage CB radio installed (doesn’t transmit). Original Chevy 283 V8 starts up and runs fine. New water pump installed recently. Auto transmission. Two new tires in front (less than 1,000 miles); rear tires are good. I also have a pair of snow tires on rims that go with the car.
THE BAD: This car has been driven in winter and has severe rust in several places. Most notably, the C pillars are rusted out and the rear doors can’t be latched closed due to the door strike plates being loose. Repair will involve some metal fabrication and welding, but I will include a pair of rare NOS Checker sedan C pillars which can be modified to fit. Severe rust is also present at the rocker panels, spare tire well, and other usual Checker places such as the tops of the fenders. The brakes need service and will stop the car at low speed only at this time. The car can be test driven around the block but should not be driven at speed until the brakes are repaired. In other words, bring a trailer!
BOTTOM LINE: This is a compete, running, currently registered, rare Checker wagon that will make a great restoration/rod project for someone able to deal with significant body rust issues. It was never a taxi. Great hauling capacity with reliable and easy to service Chevy small block V8 power.
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