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). 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 extra 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 thus the rear doors are not able to be used due to the door strike plates being loose. Repair will involve some serious welding and metal fabrication. 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 manual 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.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a compete, running, currently registered rare Checker that will make a great project for someone able to deal with significant rust issues. $2,500. Not interested in trades or in parting out. Car is located in Kentucky. I also have some extra body parts that I will be selling separately but whoever buys this car gets first chance: NOS L+R pair of sedan C pillars (could be modified for the wagon); pair of NOS rear fenders in factory black primer (these are for later years with side marker lights); and one early model (no marker light) left front fender in very good condition with only light surface rust.
Contact: Steve at (859) 321-2801 and leave message.